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Blog Posts in August, 2012

  • Koswire Fined for March 2012 Fatality

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 31-Aug-2012

    Koswire, a Korean-based company, has recently been fined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) for safety violations at their Flowery Branch in Georgia. The OSHA is fining the company $145,000 for violations that led to the death of an employee in March of this year. Federal investigators say that the incident was completely preventable. A 30-year-old employee was killed ...
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  • OSHA Proposes Citations and Fines over Safety Violations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 29-Aug-2012

    A recent employee death has sparked an Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) citation of Tyson Foods, Inc. The corporation was cited because of a failure to maintain certain safety regulations that could have prevented the worker's death. This particular incident took place at the Nebraska plant in Dakota City. Earlier this year, the employee was working with a certain piece ...
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  • Chevron Refinery Fire Sends Hundreds to the Hospital

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 27-Aug-2012

    A giant fire that could be seen for miles erupted at the crude distillation unit of Chevron's Richmond, California oil refinery on August 6, burning uncontained for four hours and continuing as a smaller, controlled fire into August 7. According to the California Emergency Management Agency, both sulfuric acid and nitrogen dioxide were released into the atmosphere as the fire burned. Hundreds ...
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  • Flash Fire Strikes Conoco Natural Gas Plant

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 23-Aug-2012

    At 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 22, during a planned maintenance operation, a flash fire struck ConocoPhillips' natural gas processing plant in Lost Cabin, Wyoming before quickly extinguishing itself. In the aftermath of the event, four of the plant's contracted employees were transported to a local medical center to receive attention for the injuries that were sustained during the ...
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  • Industrial Worker Dies in Fall Accident

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 23-Aug-2012

    Investigations are still underway to uncover the cause of an accident that killed a Cargill Inc. industrial worker. The 48-year-old man from Central Illinois fell last week at the soybean processing plant he worked at, but it is unsure why. The man was rushed to the hospital but died there. It seems as if there was no one else who witnessed the accident clearly, because all that is known is that ...
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  • Noise Rules Aren't Protecting Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 6-Aug-2012

    Current workplace rules established by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration ( OSHA ) dictate that workers who are exposed to noise levels of 90 decibels must wear hearing protection after eight hours. If the noise level increases to 95 decibels, maximum exposure times without protection gets cut in half to just four hours. Many other countries, and even other groups within the U.S., ...
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  • The now defunct Port Arthur Chemical and Environmental Services has been named in a 13 count federal indictment after two facility truck drivers died within a four-month period. According to the indictment, the company illegally transported hazardous materials and failed to protect employees from exposure to toxic gases. It was these two practices that allegedly contributed to the deaths of the ...
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  • Scaffolding Accidents

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 2-Aug-2012

    Construction workers face numerous on-the-job hazards, and, unfortunately, industry employees suffer numerous serious injuries or fatalities each year. Some of the most common construction accidents involve scaffolding and other types of lifts since they are used at almost every construction site. What is Scaffolding? Scaffolding is a temporary structure used to support workers and materials at a ...
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