Manufacturing News and Trends

Forget fines and penalties: OSHA’s newest enforcement weapon

Heads up: OSHA has decided to try a different approach to boosting workplace safety, one that has nothing to do with massive penalties or fines. [Read more…]

Manufacturer agrees to $100K fine, safety oversight after OSHA fine

When this manufacturer was hit with an OSHA fine following explosions at its facility, it initially contested the violations. But OSHA recently announced it reached a settlement with the company for a lower penalty. Here’s the catch: The company must hire a third-party consultant to make sure the hazards have been corrected and report back to OSHA.  [Read more…]

Manufacturer pays $545K OSHA fine following chemical release

An accidental release of hazardous chemicals this past May forced this company to temporarily shut down its plant in Dover, OH, while authorities closed a nearby highway. Now, inspectors have issued an OSHA fine of more than half a million dollars with the promise of follow-up inspections.  [Read more…]

Fire prompts OSHA inspection, $52K fine

Regulators opened an OSHA inspection at this pharmaceutical manufacturing facility after a fire started, resulting in nearly $52,000 in penalties.  [Read more…]

OSHA inspection targets amputation hazards: $172K

The feds are continuing to crack down on amputation hazards at manufacturing sites across the country. The most recent OSHA inspection target resulted in 28 citations and a $172,000 fine.
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Worker’s amputation injury prompts OSHA inspection

Regulators opened an OSHA inspection at this facility after a worker lost a finger on the job. The worst part? The company was cited for similar hazards in 2011.  [Read more…]

Company reaches $600K settlement with OSHA following explosion, 4 injuries

Last March, failings in process safety management at this Massachusetts manufacturer led to an explosion that injured four workers. Now the company has reached a settlement with OSHA.  [Read more…]

Combustible dust explosion injures 2, prompts $231K OSHA fine

Here’s another tragic reminder that maintenance work, routine or otherwise, can often lead to an injury when companies don’t have the proper procedures in place or workers skip key safety steps. In this case, two workers suffered serious burns in an explosion, resulting in an OSHA inspection and a $231,000 fine.  [Read more…]

Manufacturing worker killed in explosion

Two manufacturing employees were painting a compartment of a pontoon bridge when a spark from a light ignited paint vapors, causing an explosion that killed one worker and severely burned another.  [Read more…]

Three workers injured, $468K OSHA fine

After three workers at this facility were seriously injured over a span of five months, OSHA inspectors visited and issued $468,000 in fines.  [Read more…]