Indiana OSHA Cuts Penalty 94% for Fatality at Indiana Auto Parts Facility

Last October, Melissa Stephens went to work on third shift at Autonium in Jeffersonville, Indiana. She never came home to her husband of  20 years or her four children. Stephens had apparently gone through the interlocked gate, to put a fiber pad over a broken seal. But a spinning belt and pully dragged her into a…

Weekly Toll: Explosions, Electrocutions and Three More Tow Truck Drivers

Ames Company Releases Details in Employee’s Workplace Death AMES, Iowa  —  An Ames company has confirmed one of its employees died as a result of an accident on the job. At approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday, Danfoss employee John Lavery, 45, was working at the company’s 13th Street location. A preliminary investigation revealed the safety hood on…

Weekly Toll: Tow Truck Drivers, Cops, Truck Drivers, School Workers — Not Coming Home

Much-Loved Tow Driver Killed While Helping Stranded Motorist Saginaw, MI — For many, tow-truck driving may not seem like a very hazardous occupation. But according the owner of one tow-truck company, one tow truck driver gets killed almost every six days in the United States.For him, it’s not just a statistic. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, one…

Weekly Toll: Death in the American Workplace

Worker dies after northeastern Indiana industrial accident FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Authorities say a worker has died in an accident at an industrial facility in northeastern Indiana. The Allen County sheriff’s department says the woman got stuck in a machine at Fort Wayne Plastics on Sunday afternoon. The worker’s name wasn’t immediately released. Sheriff’s…

Weekly Toll: Last Workers to Die in 2017. Let’s hope 2018 is better

Bad couple of weeks for workers in Kansas and firefighters across the country. Also two trench deaths and a food processing worker whose leg was ripped off. Last list of workers killed during 2017. Good Riddance. Let’s hope for a better 2018. Man Killed Loading Road Salt at Kentucky Facility Identified LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) —…

The Weekly Toll: More Workers Not Coming Home

Firefighter battling SoCal wildfire dies from ‘thermal injuries, smoke inhalation’ SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) — A firefighter died Thursday while working a colossal wildfire burning in coastal mountains northwest of Los Angeles that has become the fourth largest in California history. Cory Iverson was an engineer with a state fire engine strike team based in…

Weekly Toll: Falls, Trench Collapses, Shootings, Traffic Incidents. All In a Day’s Work

1 killed, 1 injured in scaffolding collapse at Md. elementary school construction site FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WJLA) — A subcontractor was killed and another person was injured in a scaffolding collapse at the Sugarloaf Elementary School construction site late Monday morning. Frederick County Sheriff’s officials have not released the identities of the victims. According to police,…

OSHA Enforcement Update: Large Cases, More Press Releases.

At a Congressional hearing last month, Secretary of Labor Alex Acosta extolled the virtues of compliance assistance, cooperation over confrontation and the Voluntary Protection Program. But he also repeated several times that the agency’s compliance assistance program “has to be balanced by a vigorous enforcement program” and especially when the employer engages in repeated and willful…

Weekly Toll: The Last Two Weeks of Carnage in the American Workplace

These reports always contain an surprising and upsetting diversity of ways to die in the workplace.  The last couple of weeks seemed to witness a large number of workers who were killed in violent workplace incidents — retail robberies, carjackings, and law enforcement. Marks Farms worker dies from injuries suffered in farm accident MARTINSBURG, NY…