One patient killed and three injured in a fire at Durham Regional Hospital in central North Carolina

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DURHAM, N.C. — One patient was killed and three others suffered slight injuries in a fire at Durham Regional Hospital in central North Carolina early Tuesday.

Firefighters were called to a report of an explosion on the sixth floor of the hospital around 2:15 a.m., Durham Fire Department spokeswoman Sierra Jackson said.

The firefighters discovered there had been no explosion and the fire had been extinguished by the hospital sprinkler system.

The cause of the fire was still under investigation, Jackson said later Tuesday morning.Hospital officials were still investigating exactly where the fire occurred and how, said Katie Galbraith, hospital chief of operations.

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OSHA proposes $75,000 in fines to Minnesota pipe manufacturer for machine guarding, other hazards at Chatsworth, Ill., facility

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CHATSWORTH, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Prinsco Inc. for 14 alleged serious safety violations, including a lack of machine guarding, at its Chatsworth pipe manufacturing facility.

An inspection was initiated under OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses enforcement efforts on workplaces with high injury and illness rates. Proposed penalties total $75,000.”Employers such as Prinsco that record a higher-than-average rate of days lost due to injuries demonstrate a need to re-evaluate their safety procedures,” said Tom Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria. “It is the responsibility of every employer to know and correct safety and health hazards that exist in their workplaces.”The violations involve failing to identify emergency exits; provide adequate guardrails and safe wooden ladders; properly list or label electrical equipment; close unused openings in circuit breaker boxes; and guard corrugating machines, belts, pulleys, and woodworking machines such as radial and table saws.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23217

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OSHA cites B.W. Supply in Lyons, Ohio, for 25 health and safety violations, proposes more than $205,000 in fines

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LYONS, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited B.W. Grinding Co., doing business as B.W. Supply, for 25 safety and health – including three willful – violations at the company’s Lyons iron foundry. OSHA initiated an inspection May 7 upon receiving complaints alleging hazards, and the inspection later was expanded under the agency’s local emphasis programs on powered industrial vehicles and primary metals industries.

Proposed penalties total $205,100.Two willful health violations involve failing to implement a hearing conservation program for workers who perform grinding operations as well as a respirator protection program that includes medical evaluations for workers who are required to wear powered air-purifying respirators.

One willful safety violation is failing to provide personal protective equipment for employees working around molten metal. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23220

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OSHA establishes partnership with Black and Veatch Construction for work on Columbia Energy Center in Pardeeville, Wis.

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PARDEEVILLE, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has established a strategic partnership with Black & Veatch Construction Inc. to reduce workers’ exposure to hazards and the likelihood of serious injuries at the Columbia Energy Center Air Quality Control Systems Project site in Pardeeville.

The Wisconsin On-Site Occupational Safety and Health Consultation Program, which is operated by the state but funded by federal OSHA, also is participating in the partnership.

The partnership’s goals include increasing the number of safety and health programs and best practices implemented among subcontractors, increasing the number of workers who have completed relevant safety training and maintaining participant data for self-evaluation of the partnership’s overall success.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23214

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Murphy & Sons Ltd prosecuted after worker loses finger ends

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A Nottingham firm that provides processing support for the brewing and food industries has been prosecuted for safety failures after a worker had four finger ends severed on a poorly guarded machine. Albert McEvoy, 53, from Nottingham, lost the tips of the fingers on his right hand in the incident at Murphy & Sons Ltd in Alpine Street, Old Basford, on 9 March last year. Nottingham Magistrates’ Court heard today (7 November) that he tried to feed clogged powder back into an industrial mixer through a discharge tube and his fingers struck the rotating blades. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-em-tbc12.htm?eban=rss-

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OSHA cites New York contractor for exposing workers to fall and other hazards at Jacksonville, Fla., work site

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – RCP Services Inc. of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine safety violations while performing concrete work at a residential apartment complex on Big Island Drive in Jacksonville. An inspection was initiated in August after an OSHA inspector observed employees working without fall protection.

Proposed penalties total $47,000.One willful violation is for allowing employees to work on elevated surfaces without fall protection. The citation carries a $35,000 penalty. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23208

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Northern Illinois Flight Center ordered by US Labor Department’s OSHA to reinstate, pay more than $500,000 to illegally terminated pilot

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CHICAGO – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Northern Illinois Flight Center violated the whistleblower protection provisions of the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment and Reform Act for the 21st Century, known as AIR21, by illegally terminating an employee. The whistleblower, a pilot from Illinois, was dismissed after contacting the Federal Aviation Administration to discuss violations of the pilot certification process.

As a result, OSHA has ordered the company to immediately reinstate the employee and pay more than $500,000 in back wages, benefits and damages.”Firing pilots for reporting inaccurate procedures to the FAA endangers other pilots, their passengers and the public at large,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “The Labor Department has a responsibility to protect all employees, including those in the aviation industry, from retaliation for raising safety concerns and exercising these basic worker rights.”

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=23211

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Aerospace firm fined after employee burns eyelid with caustic soda

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An aerospace company has been fined for safety failings after an Essex worker injured his eye whilst cleaning out a tank containing caustic soda.

The 39-year-old, who does not want to be named, sustained a chemical burn to his eyelid and inside his tear duct after flicking sodium hydroxide crystals into his face at Inflite Engineering Ltd in Chelmsford on 12 November 2011.

He required emergency treatment at hospital, but avoided a more serious injury thanks to prompt and effective action by his workmates.Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court heard today (6 November) that the employee was standing in a tank containing a solid crystalline material composed largely of solidified sodium hydroxide (caustic soda).

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-e-infliteengineering.htm?eban=rss-

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A scaffolding company and its director have been fined for safety failings

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A scaffolding company and its director have been fined for safety failings after a worker suffered life-changing injuries in a 2.5 metre fall from a scaffold platform at a property in Kent.

The worker, who was untrained, fell from the first lift of the scaffold as it was being dismantled. He was passing boards down to another worker when he lost his footing and fell to the concrete below.

The man, from Rainham, Kent, who does not wish to be named, suffered severe head injuries and needed surgery to remove the frontal lobe of the brain. He spent many weeks in hospital and is unlikely to be able to work again. http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-se-20212.htm?eban=rss-

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School fined after pupil hurt in design and technology lesson

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A Solihull school has been fined after an 11-year-old pupil suffered serious hand injuries in a design and technology lesson.

The year seven student from Alderbrook School was using a bench sanding machine when his hand became trapped between the rotating face of the sanding disc and the machine’s table edge.As a result of the incident on 6 October last year the pupil needed specialist surgery to repair tendon damage to the fingers of his left hand.

He was off school for several weeks during which time he continued to study at home while recuperating from hand surgery.

http://www.hse.gov.uk/press/2012/rnn-wm-16712.htm?eban=rss-

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