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.”
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).
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-
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.
A man carrying waste in his van pretended to be someone else when he was stopped by police and the Environment Agency.Mathew Davies, aged 32, of Scott Gardens, Lincoln admitted one fraud offence and one of carrying scrap metal without being registered and was fined £400 by Lincoln Magistrates’ Court today (Tue). He was also ordered to pay £3,540 costs. Mr Simon Taylor, prosecuting for the Environment Agency, said Davies handed over a waste carrier registration card belonging to someone else when he was stopped in December last year. It had an expiry date in 2013 and he was allowed on his way.Later investigation showed that he was not the person named on the card and the registration had been revoked in June. Officers tracked Davies down and when questioned he told them that he’d used the card by mistake. Davies had been advised by letter in October 2010 that he needed to be registered to carry waste, he didn’t think he needed to be. The fee for registering for a three year period is £154. http://www.environment-agency.gov.uk/news/144022.aspx
LANSING, Ill. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Dedicated TCS LLC with 11 safety and health, including two willful, violations, primarily for failing to protect workers in confined spaces. OSHA opened an inspection of the company’s Lansing facility, which cleans tank trailers, upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.
Proposed penalties total $142,100.OSHA’s permit-required confined space standard establishes procedures to protect workers who must enter, work in or exit spaces with configurations that hinder their activities.
In addition, the configurations of such spaces may increase workers’ exposure to hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and/or hazardous atmospheric conditions, which can lead to serious physical injury, illness or death.”A confined space has limited or restricted means for entry or exit, and it is not designed for continuous employee occupancy, which makes monitoring workers’ activities in these spaces vital to their safety and health,” said Gary Anderson, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job, especially when employers fail to do so.”