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  • Flame-Resistant Clothing Requirements

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 8-Jan-2019

    Workers in industrial settings face a heightened risk of burn injuries. Some electric arcs and flash fires reach temperatures that are hotter than the surface of the sun. When a person suffers burn injuries, they face a lifetime of medical struggle and a reduced quality of life. The Occupational Health & Safety Administration requires fire-resistant clothing b ecause of the prevalence of burn ...
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  • What Rights Does OSHA Guarantee to Workers?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 22-Oct-2018

    For hundreds of years, Americans paid for their country’s expanding economic power with their lives. As the nation’s economy rapidly grew during the Industrial Revolution in the late 19 th century, American workers did their work in alarming, inhumane conditions. By 1970, the death rate for American workers was high enough to warrant Congress' attention. The resulting Occupational ...
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  • How Machinery & Equipment Safety Guidelines Protect Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 10-Sep-2018

    Working at an industrial site requires employees to work with heavy and complex machinery. If a machine has an issue, it can inflict serious injuries on workers. It is vital for both employers to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines when it comes to heavy machinery. The Worker's Obligation Machinery should always be used safely and according to the employer’s ...
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  • Regulations and safety are probably the last things a person wants to think about as they start the New Year. However, OSHA’s job of keeping workers safe and employers accountable is never going to be completed. For this reason, OSHA releases statistics, lists, and facts throughout the year so that the American public can be informed about workplace safety and the dangers of breaking OSHA ...
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  • OSHA Releases Reporting Deadline for 2016 Injury Data

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 21-Nov-2017

    OSHA has been keeping workplaces accountable for decades by requiring employers to send in paper documents revealing the total number of injuries and illnesses that employees suffered that year. However, as the golden age of technology ventures forward, OSHA has decided to update their system to keep up with the pace. Employers of “high-risk” industries (mostly manufacturing and ...
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  • Worker Passes Away Weeks After Explosion

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 3-May-2016

    Weeks after an explosion caused severe burns and injuries to an Illinois construction worker, the man passed away while being cared for in the hospital. The injured worker died on Friday in the burn unit of a local St. Louis hospital, Mercy Hospital. He was receiving treatment for his extensive burns, which occurred after he was caught in a gas explosion on the job. Ongoing Investigations Into the ...
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  • OSHA Tackling Safety Issues in Oil & Gas Industry

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 18-Feb-2016

    In 2014, 142 workers in the oil and gas industry were killed on the job, and the Occupational Safety & Health Administration believes the number will only continue to climb as the industry grows. As a result, the oil and gas extraction occupation is among the deadliest in the United States. To combat the hazardous conditions workers face, OSHA created a campaign called Step-Up for Safety. ...
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  • DuPont Labeled a Severe Violator by OSHA

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 13-Jul-2015

    OSHA just recently announced that DuPont, well-known chemical giant, has been found to be in violation of numerous regulations, including ones that led to the death of four workers within their La Porte plant last November. It was one of the most deadly and massive gas releases that has occurred in the last 10 years, resulting in a leak of an estimated 23,000 pounds of toxic methyl mercaptan from ...
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  • U.S. Chemical Exposure Limits Are Severely Outdated

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Jul-2015

    Many industrial workers are exposed to dangerous or potentially dangerous chemicals on a daily basis. There are tens of thousands of chemicals used or made in the United States according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). All of them could potentially be harmful to a worker’s health depending on the amount, frequency, and length of the exposure. OSHA Exposure Limits Are Antiquated ...
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  • Death Rates Amongst Oil Workers Spike to Alarming Levels

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 30-May-2015

    There is more than one cost to the incredible need for energy in the United States and it isn’t fiscal: it is the lives of workers in the countless oil fields throughout the nation. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly 600 workers died on the job between 2002 and 2007. During that 5 year stretch, the deaths per year spiked by approximately 70% from 72 in 2002 to an ...
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  • Arc flash is a specific type of electrical accident that occurs when the electrical current is sent through the air from one conductor to another—typically the ground. Arc flash accidents are responsible for roughly 7,000 injuries a year. Arc flash injuries usually result in burns that can be severe enough to require hospitalization. In some instances, arc flash accidents can even prove ...
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  • New OSHA Rule Aims to Protect Construction Workers

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-May-2015

    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has passed a new rule that is aimed at protecting construction workers who work in confined spaces. The rule offers construction workers similar protections to those that industrial and manufacturing workers are already provided. The rule, which was published earlier this week, establishes new safety requirements for working in confined ...
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  • A Primer on OSHA Workplace Inspections

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 26-Mar-2015

    Federal law requires employers to meet a minimum standard of workplace safety to help prevent workplace accidents. Those standards are set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA is responsible not only for creating workplace safety regulations, but also for inspecting workplaces to ensure that employers are complying with those regulations. When Do Inspections Occur? ...
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  • Fall Protection Tops List of Safety Violations

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 20-Mar-2015

    Workplace accidents are far too common in the United States. One of the most common workplace accidents is falls from heights. According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), 3 of the top 5 workplace safety violations involve accidents relating to falls. OSHA Safety Violations Safety violations relating to falls generally include fall protection, scaffolding protections, ...
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  • OSHA Report Shows True Costs of Work Injuries

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 10-Mar-2015

    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there are roughly 4,500 workplace fatalities every year in the United States. On top of that, the BLS says there are an estimated three million other workers who suffer a serious injury at work as well. While these workplace injuries and fatalities take a huge toll on the workers and their families, a new report released last week by the ...
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  • Additional Measures Around Wellbores to Prevent Injury

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 9-Jan-2015

    The oil and gas industry saw its highest rate of fatalities in 2012, according to statistics gathered by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This shocking number has led to the implementation of many new safety procedures for offshore rigs and land-based oil fields. Drilling for oil carries inherent risks, and the wellbore areas pose their own unique set of hazards. To counter the rise in ...
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  • As far back as 1948, many experts have known of the dangers and health risks of exposure to benzene. In a report linking benzene to leukemia, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health noted "that the only absolutely safe concentration for benzene is zero." The report was prepared for the American Petroleum Institute, the petrochemical industry's main lobbyist. The document ...
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  • Does Every Industrial Job Require Safety Training?

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 27-Oct-2014

    From machinery to fumes, every industrial job comes with some kind of hazard for workers. Industrial workers perform essential tasks for society through constructing buildings, manufacturing items, and many other roles, but they face a higher risk of injuries than most other fields. Accidents can occur in any situation; however, to reduce the risk of harm, there are steps that workers can take to ...
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  • Trench Collapse in Cypress Results in Fatality & Injury

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 16-Jan-2014

    On January 16, 2014, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupation Safety and Health Administration announced that it will be citing Municipal District Services LLC, in Cypress Texas, for one will violation with a penalty of $63,000. The violation is a result of the December 2013 trenching collapse incident that occurred in Cypress. The accident involved two workers, resulting in one fatality and ...
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  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed that companies may be required, for the first time in history, to publicly report all worker-related illnesses and injuries that occur in their company. Reports claim that this new rule will mainly affect the larger companies in order to hold them to a higher standard of excellence. The Labor Department is to propose this new ...
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  • Miners' Widows Still Owed Settlements

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 22-Aug-2013

    In April 2010, a massive explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine killed 29 people and now, the surviving relatives of three of those men say that Alpha Natural Resources hasn't paid them the $1.5 million they were each promised under a settlement with the federal government. The relatives have filed lawsuits against Alpha, also claiming that at least eight other families are still awaiting ...
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  • An Oklahoma jury has awarded C&H Power Line Construction $27 million, $1 million of which was punitive, in its case against Enterprise Texas Pipeline. The case was centered on the pipeline company’s negligence in gas pipeline safety. The case was filed by C&H against Enterprise after a fatal explosion occurred on Enterprise’s North Texas 36 Pipeline in June 2010. The jury found ...
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  • Chevron Fined $1M for Refinery Fire

    Posted By Arnold & Itkin LLP || 1-Feb-2013

    News reports share that Chevron has officially been fined almost $1 million for the refinery fire that occurred last year in the San Francisco Bay area. This fire polluted the town, causing gas and smoke to seep into the residential areas of the city. According to the Chief investigator with the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, Ellen Widess, the company willingly violated ...
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  • 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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