Two killed, six injured in construction site accident – The Hindu

The Hindu : Cities / Bangalore : Two killed, six injured in construction site accident: Two construction workers died and six suffered injuries when a portion of a wall of a water tank under construction collapsed on them on the military school campus near Anepalya on Hosur Road on Friday.

The incident occurred at around 2.30 p.m. when a group of eight construction workers were at work on the Corps of Military Police Centre and School campus.

The Army personnel managed to rescue four workers trapped under the debris before the Fire and Emergency Services personnel reached the spot.

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Workers rescued from elevator at Tower of the Americas – San Antonio Express-News

Workers rescued from elevator at Tower of the Americas – San Antonio Express-News: All three elevators at the Tower of the Americas, where several employees were trapped early Friday in one of the cars about 400 feet in the air, were behind schedule on state-mandated annual inspections, records show.
The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation sent notices in May to Landry’s Inc., the company that operates the city-owned landmark, warning that inspections due in April were late. The licensing department oversees elevator safety.

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El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. demanda al National Council of La Raza Action Fund Inc. (NCLR), ordenando la reincorporación del denunciante despedido ante una demanda por exposición al moho

ORLANDO, Florida – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. ha demandado a National Council of La Raza Acción Fund Inc. (NCLR), sucesora de la Democracia USA, una organización hispana de inscripción de electores en Orlando, comprometida con la comunidad y sin fines de lucro, por el supuesto despido de un empleado que planteó cuestiones de salud por la potencial exposición al moho y a otros factores ambientales en su lugar de trabajo. La demanda fue posterior a una investigación realizada por la Administración de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional del departamento que descubrió que la empresa había despedido al trabajador de manera deliberada e intencional por haber participado en actividades protegidas por el artículo 11 (c) de la Ley de Seguridad y Salud Ocupacional (OSH).

La demanda tiene por objeto que se reintegre al trabajador y que se le paguen los salarios atrasados, intereses y daños y perjuicios compensatorios y punitivos, además de cancelar la información adversa en los expedientes del empleado. Por último, trata de impedir que el empleador cometa futuras infracciones a la Ley de OSH mediante una suspensión definitiva.

via 2012 – 12/26/2012 – El Departamento de Trabajo de EE.UU. demanda al National Council of La Raza Action Fund Inc. (NCLR), ordenando la reincorporación del denunciante despedido ante una demanda por exposición al moho.

US Department of Labor sues National Council of La Raza Action Fund Inc., ordering reinstatement of whistle-blower fired for mold exposure complaint

ORLANDO, Fla. – The U.S. Department of Labor has sued National Council of La Raza Action Fund Inc., successor to Democracia USA, a nonprofit community engagement and Hispanic voter registration organization in Orlando, for allegedly terminating an employee who raised health concerns about potential exposure to mold and other environmental factors in his workplace. The lawsuit follows an investigation by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration that found that the company unlawfully and intentionally terminated the worker for engaging in activity protected by Section 11(c) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

The suit seeks to have the employee reinstated and paid back wages, interest, and compensatory and punitive damages, along with expunging adverse information in the employee’s personnel records. Finally, it seeks to bar the employer from commission of future violations of the OSH Act by a permanent injunction.

via 2012 – 12/26/2012 – US Department of Labor sues National Council of La Raza Action Fund Inc., ordering reinstatement of whistle-blower fired for mold exposure complaint.

Beachwood Shopping Center Owner Being Fined $40,000 A Day For Numerous Violations – Berkeley, NJ Patch

Beachwood Shopping Center Owner Being Fined $40,000 A Day For Numerous Violations – Berkeley, NJ Patch: Beachwood Shopping Center owner Priscilla Oughton is now facing fines of $40,000 a day for the condition of the battered plaza on Route 9 South in Bayville.
The entire perimeter of the shopping center is now fenced in, so vehicles and pedestrians cannot get near the battered stores and parking lot with sinkholes.

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Evansville man dies in machinery accident in Alexandria | Alexandria Echo Press | Alexandria, Minnesota

Evansville man dies in machinery accident in Alexandria | Alexandria Echo Press | Alexandria, Minnesota: A 50-year-old Evansville man died in work-related machinery accident at the Pope Douglas Solid Waste Management facility Thursday night.Alexandria police officers responded to the scene at 2115 Jefferson Street at about 9 p.m. The initial report was that a man had fallen from a ladder.

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On the streets roundup: 2 workers killed on job – – Waste & Recycling News

On the streets roundup: 2 workers killed on job -Safety, Police & Fire – Waste & Recycling News: Editor’s note: On the Streets is a roundup of mishaps, crashes and other news from the frontlines of the industry. Its purpose is not to make light of misfortune, but to remind us all to remain diligent about safety.The driver of a white minivan struck and killed a garbage worker in Kiryas Joel, N.Y., Dec. 11 and then speeded away from the scene.Anastacio Vasquez of Spring Valley, N.Y., was collecting trash for the village’s sanitation department when the accident occurred just before noon. Kiryas Joel sits 55 north of New York City and has a population of about 20,000.

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Steel supply customer suing after forklift allegedly backed into truck | Louisiana Record

Steel supply customer suing after forklift allegedly backed into truck | Louisiana Record: GRETNA – A Kenner-based steel supplier is being sued by one of its customers who was allegedly injured when a forklift backed into his vehicle.
Oscar Mendez filed suit against the Charter Oak Fire Insurance Company and Melco Steel, Inc. in the 24th Judicial District Court on Nov. 5. Mendez claims he was a customer at Melco Stell in Kenner when he was told by employees of the company to back his truck up to a loading dock and that while he was doing so a forklift operated by one of the company’s employees backed into his vehicle at a high rate of speed. The plaintiff alleges that he was seriously injured in the collision

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OSHA fines Union, NJ, contractor $41,580 for repeat electrical hazards at Fort Lee, NJ, work site

UNION, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bender Enterprises Inc., based in Union, with three repeat violations for continuing to expose workers to electrical hazards at a Fort Lee work site. OSHA’s June investigation was initiated following a referral from the Fort Lee Police Department when a worker was injured while servicing an electrical panel. Proposed penalties total $41,580.

The repeat violations include failing to protect workers from contact with live electrical parts, provide eye and face protection from electric arcs, flashes or flying objects, and provide insulated tools and equipment for workers exposed to energized conductors or circuit parts. Similar violations were cited at the Upper Saddle River work site in 2008.

“By failing to address these hazards, Bender Enterprises continues to unnecessarily put its workers in harm’s way,” said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. “Employers will be held legally responsible for jeopardizing the safety and health of workers.”

via 2012 – 12/27/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA fines Union, NJ, contractor $41,580 for repeat electrical hazards at Fort Lee, NJ, work site.

OSHA cites chemical manufacturer AC and S Inc. in Nitro, W. Va., following July worker fatality

NITRO, W. Va. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited AC&S Inc. with 12 serious violations at the chemical manufacturer’s Nitro facility after a July investigation initiated following the death of a worker performing sandblasting activities.

During the sandblasting activities, the air line for a supplied air hood was hooked up to a nitrogen gas line and the worker became unconscious. Nitrogen gas presents several risks, including displacing available oxygen. The serious violations related to the fatality included failing to label nitrogen lines at connection points and not ensuring that breathing air couplings were incompatible with other gas systems.

“ACS has a responsibility to ensure that its workers are safeguarded from workplace hazards and by not properly labeling its gas systems failed to protect a worker who ended up losing his life. That is intolerable,” said Prentice Cline, director of OSHA’s Charleston Area Office. “OSHA’s standards are designed to prevent this kind of tragic incident.”

via 2012 – 12/26/2012 – US Labor Department’s OSHA cites chemical manufacturer AC and S Inc. in Nitro, W. Va., following July worker fatality.