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Nearly half of the 167 retail trade workers that were killed in 2007 were employed in late-night establishments such as gasoline stations, liquor stores and convenience stores.

A team of federal investigators is focusing on the maintenance procedures at DuPont’s Belle plant in Charleston, W. Va., the site of three recent chemical leaks, including a fatal incident.

A construction worker with J.H. Findorff & Son was seriously injured Thursday morning at a job site on the city’s Southeast Side, Madison police said.

Trenching safety hazards at two Massachusetts worksites have led to $166,950 in proposed fines for L. Perrina Construction Co. Inc. OSHA cited the Methuen, Mass.-based contractor for a total of 23 alleged willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations of safety standards following inspections at worksites in Quincy and Lynnfield, where the company was installing water mains.

A North Carolina Department of Transportation worker suffered minor injuries while working on a traffic light in Kinston Thursday morning.

Metro is rewriting the book on employee safety procedures, in the wake of an accident that killed two workers on the Red Line tracks on Tuesday.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Broan-NuTone Storage Solutions on Wednesday with one alleged willful violation and four alleged serious violations after a woman’s hand was amputated by a metal pressing machine in July.

A 42-year-old Manchester, Mass., man was been struck by falling bricks and was rescued by a public-safety worker as the remaining section of an archway was about to let go.

Inmates at U.S. Penitentiary Atwater, Calif., were exposed to hazardous elements while breaking glass at the prison’s electronics recycling center from 2002-03 because authorities failed to safeguard them properly.

WMATA says it’s improving worker safety through new rules, training and consequences for those who violate safety procedures.

It was a scary moment for some social workers in Henderson, Ky., when a woman with a gun chased them.

The Quakertown Farmers Market was fined $4,650 for workplace safety violations discovered during an investigation into the death of Earl Yerkes, a longtime employee who was electrocuted in June while working on a heating and air conditioning unit on the roof.

Employers who perform drug testing on job applicants and/or employees should take the time to revisit their policies on drug use and drug testing to clearly state their position on medical use of marijuana so as to navigate the various liabilities that may arise as a result of this change in the law.

The Clark brothers were injured when a 12-story recovery boiler blew up as workers tried to restart it after annual maintenance at the Redwood plant on May 3, 2008. One man was killed and nearly two dozen others were hurt.

DuPont plant officials and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board are expected to update the media on Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010 about the industrial accident that left a Kanawha County, W. Va., man dead over the weekend.

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Despite the family-friendly image the brand exhibits, Disney’s (DIS) working conditions for its costumed characters — or “Cast Members” as the company refers to them — remain downright Dickensian, largely due to the strict guidelines to which each employees must adhere.

For the first time, the agency has made the data from 1996 to 2007 available in a searchable online database, allowing the public to look at establishment or industry-specific injury and illness data.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has scheduled two informal stakeholder meetings to solicit comments and suggestions on combustible dust hazards in the workplace.

Fewer people died on the job last year in North Carolina, according to data released Tuesday by the state Department of Labor.

The contract creates what the union calls “an industry model” for job safety, including programs to reduce repetitive stress injuries, a major extension of medical leave time for workers out with serious illnesses for more than six months, and a unique 24-table “smoke-free pit” to help workers vulnerable to second-hand smoke and provide customers with a smoke-free haven.

Schweizer Aircraft Corporation faces thousands of dollars in fines for alleged safety and health violations at its helicopter manufacturing plant in Horseheads, N.Y., after its employees were exposed to electrocution hazards.

Pawcatuck, Conn., manufacturing plant Fibrelite has been cited for 21 violations of workplace-safety rules and faces $90,500 in fines for exposing employees to explosion and fire hazards.

A fire log manufacturer is facing $217,500 in proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor for safety violations at its Birmingham facility.

A 29-year-old welder was killed after a bucket on a front-end loader crushed him on Thursday, Jan. 21, while he was working on the rig in Anchor Point.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration is proposing a Bridgeport, Conn., construction company pay $47,700 in fines for violating safety standards while working a job in Stamford.

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A workers’ compensation insurer in Louisiana credited a stronger focus on workplace safety for the estimated 4 percent reduction in claims from its policyholders in 2009.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on January 25 issued three Mueller Industries Inc. subsidiaries in Fulton, Miss., 128 citations for allegedly exposing workers to safety and health hazards.

A spokeswoman for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration said the workplace safety watchdog initiated an investigation Monday following three chemical leaks in quick succession at the DuPont site in Belle, W.Va.

A worker at BP’s Texas City oil refinery has been awarded $1.72 million by a Galveston jury in an industrial accident lawsuit.

The City of Austin is poised to spend an additional $525,000 on dismantling the downtown Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant to pay for more inspections and other work officials say became necessary after the city found serious workplace safety violations at the site.

There is a lot of focus on patient safety, emergency management, and other hot-button issues, but needle-related injuries still present significant regulatory risks for hospitals.

Two Metro track workers were struck and killed by a piece of track equipment near the Rockville Metrorail station early Tuesday, officials said, the latest in a series of serious incidents that have plagued the system over the last year.

OSHA has cited Star Service Corp. of East Boston, Mass., for 25 alleged violations of workplace safety standards, and totaling $54,250 in fines.

A Homer man was killed on the job when the bucket of a front-end loader fell and crushed him, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

The U.S. Dept. of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Chicago-based contractor nearly $180,000 after being cited for violating federal workplace health standards.

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A former employee of Corpus Christi-based Orion Drilling Co., fired after complaining to management about being exposed to mold in the workplace, has been paid $10,000 in back wages as a result of a settlement secured by the U.S. Department of Labor.

In response to recent studies and other reports that suggest employers underreport accidents and injuries, effective Sept. 30, 2009, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration began a one-year national emphasis program on record keeping to assess the accuracy of injury and illness data recorded by employers.

In the wrongful death suit, lawyers for Christine Wuennenberg say Disney failed to follow its own monorail-safety procedures, leading directly to the July crash that killed 21-year-old Austin Wuennenberg.

The construction worker who died in a trench collapse of blunt force injuries Thursday in McKinney has been identified as Jose Perez, 21, of Dallas.

A recent inspection of government offices by the Connecticut Occupational Safety and Health Administration found a total of 13 violations, with six listed as “serious,” resulting in $2,590 worth of fines.

Federal officials are investigating a series of incidents at a DuPont Co. plant in West Virginia, including a chemical leak that resulted in the death of a longtime DuPont worker.

Steve Coffield told reporters at the October media conference he would reorganize the state agency he has worked at for 14 years, and improve training for inspectors.

Two people were seriously injured in an explosion at Worthen Industries in Nashua, N.H., yesterday; they suffer from serious burns and lacerations.

A worker died from an apparent fall on Friday morning at LyondellBasell’s Houston refinery, a company spokesman said.

A waste management company was fined $1,477,500 for scores of alleged violations of OSHA standards following an investigation into an explosion that killed a worker—the third in less than a year—at the company’s facility in Houston, Texas.

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Federal prisoners and staff overseers were exposed for years to excessive levels of toxic heavy metals during computer recycling operations, according to a report from the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health that studied facilities in Atwater, Calif.; Elkton, Ohio; Texarkana, Texas; and Marianna, Fla., between 1997 and 2003.

The federal Occupational Safety & Health Administration on Thursday fined a Grandview business $50,000 for a floor collapse in September that injured three workers.

Changes are afoot at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and many experts believe stronger enforcement and more stringent regulations are one step closer to reality.

A Tea construction company in South Dakota faces $4,200 in federal fines following an investigation of a job site where an employee was killed last fall after an embankment collapsed and buried him.

Federal workplace safety investigators are seeking $97,000 in fines from a Hartford, Conn., area wholesale grocery supplier for repeated safety violations in two of its warehouses.

OSHA investigators are investigating after Wednesday’s deadly industrial accident in Andrews County, in which 27-year-old Kelly Dustin Sealy was found trapped 30 feet in the air, above the rig floor.

A temporary employee who stopped working at Sabinsa last May said the company relied on temporary workers to mix the products and failed to provide him given basic safety gear for his first three days.

Shreveport firefighters say 2009 was a safe year for them, a release from the department says, a fact it attributes to increased job-safety awareness and extensive educational programs through the department’s Safety Officers and Training Division.

Desert Sands Unified School District is facing more than $44,000 in fines after a state Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation into the recent death of a district employee, a 50-year-old sprinkler specialist who was electrocuted on the job in July.

Whether workplace violence stems from a current or former employee, an unknown assailant or an employee’s domestic situation, many incidents are foreseeable and/or preventable.

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigates a tragic accident which occurred on York Hill campus when a construction worker was killed by a forklift, Friday, Jan.15, according to The Quinnipiac Chronicle.

There is a continuing debate about the type of eye and face protection that should be provided to firefighters.

A company in Tea, S.D., is facing $4,200 in fines for two alleged violations connected to a death of a 27-year-old employee at a construction site.

Three companies have been cited by OSHA for exposing workers to hazards during the construction of gas pipeline meter stations in Mississippi.

A day after one of its workers died after exposure to a chemical at its Payson, Utah, plant, the Sabinsa Corp. contends the substances the employee worked with were “all nutritional ingredients; none of which are toxic or dangerous.”

There were no injuries from a fire Wednesday that hit Columbia Recycling Corp. on Chattanooga Avenue in Dalton, Ga., the site of a fire three years ago that left one employee dead and resulted in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Research shows a direct correlation between effective workplace health programs and improved employee performance.

OSHA is pushing for federal rules that would require companies to count job-related musculoskeletal disorders – a step that could make it easier for safety officials to prevent such injuries.

A construction worker was killed and another injured during a partial trench collapse this morning in McKinney.

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