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US Labor Department's OSHA cites Bontrager Excavating in Union town,Ohio, after one worker killed, another injured in trench cave-in Company placed in OSHA's severe violator program: UNIONTOWN, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Bontrager Excavating LTD in Union town for two alleged willful, two serious and one repeat safety violation for failing to protect workers from cave-ins during trenching operations. An inspection was initiated after one worker was killed and another was injured in a trench collapse on Dec. 28, 2010, in Stark County....more....




Xcel on trial for the deaths of 5 sandblasters at Georgetown, Colo: The workers had just finished sandblasting the inside of a portion of the tunnel that serves as a pipe from a mountain reservoir to a hydroelectric generator. They began spraying epoxy paint inside the tunnel and were having problems keeping the mixture flowing through the hoses. They painted about 10 feet of the tunnel and had stopped for the day. While cleaning their spraying equipment with a flammable solvent, a static spark from machinery inside the tunnel likely ignited the fire, according to the report....more....




Event to help Highland construction companies cut deaths: Construction workers across the Highlands are being urged to pick up lifesaving advice at an event on Tuesday 24 May.The free event, which takes place at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness, aims to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities that occur in Scotland each year in the construction industry, as well as the number of people suffering from work-related ill health...more...




25-Year-Old Construction Worker Receives First Full Face Transplant: 25-year-old construction worker who lost most of his facial features to electrical burns became the first person in the US to receive a full face transplant. May 12, 2011 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A 25-year-old construction worker who suffered catastrophic electrical burns to his face became the first person in the U.S. to receive a full face transplant in March....more...




Reported explosion at Helena sign shop injures 1 person: A Helena man was injured during an apparent explosion at the Yesco sign shop on Carter Drive on Tuesday. Emergency crews responded to the accident at about 11:30 am...more...



Sandblaster killed in Helena work accident identified: A Helena man was killed at his place of work late Tuesday morning after being struck in the head while sandblasting...more...





Speeding car fatally injures sandblaster in Calgary: The Calgary police and Alberta safety authorities are investigating a hit and run incident involving a speeding car and a worker in an underpass construction zone. “Right now we have officers on site completing the inspection, but this is a police investigation” said Sorcha Thomas, spokesperson of Alberta Occupational Health and Safety. “No orders have been issued.”...more...




US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Lavonia, Ga., cotton manufacturerfor 16 serious safety and health violations following fatality: LAVONIA, Ga. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Parkdale America LLC in Lavonia with 16 safety and health violations following the death of a worker in September 2010, who fell from a rolling ladder while replacing the drive housing unit on a spinning machine...more...




Sandblasting fatal injury ACCIDENT SUMMARY No. 67: Three employees were sandblasting portions of a heat exchanger in a manufacturing plant, preparing the surface for paint. The job was almost finished except for some touch-up work. The air compressor used to supply breathing air to the sand-blasters' hoods was sent to another job. The workers hooked their supply hoses into the plant's air system without clearing it with the plant's management....more...




Confined space accidents: Two men were installing piping in an open sump at a gasoline service station. A tank bung was unplugged and left open, allowing gasoline vapors from within the tank to accumulate in the sump. The workers were heating the pipe and fittings with an electric heat gun to set the glue when the vapors ignited. A third worker brought a fire extinguisher over to the sump and put out the flames. One of the men in the sump suffered first degree burns to his face and missed work the following day....more....




HSE warns employers about the dangers of confined spaces after deaths of two workers: The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning employers and staff of the dangers of working in confined spaces, following the prosecution of part of a multi-national group after two of its employees died while undertaking routine tasks in a Herefordshire factory ...more...




Tractor Operator was Killed in an Overturn while Moving a Sandblasting Trailer: During the winter of 1999 a man was killed while operating a narrow-front tractor at a rural business location in Iowa. The man was the owner of a sand blasting company and was in the process of moving a sandblasting trailer on his acreage. This homemade sandblasting trailer had previously been filled with sand by an employee who then parked the trailer in an undesirable location ...more...



Confined Spaces Working - Towards Zero Fatalities: Since we do have the capability to prevent fatal accidents occurring, certainly within confined spaces, why do they continue to occur? Is it that standards are insufficient or somehow inadequate? Even if this was the case, and we do not argue that it is, there is still the intellectual capacity to analyze past accidents, and on the principal of foreseeability, design safe systems of work that ensure the safety of workers and public. Indeed there is a legal duty on employers to assess the potential risks in any work situation and to take appropriate steps to reduce those risks to the lowest acceptable level....more...




Painter/Sandblaster Dies Following a 30-foot Fall from Scaffolding Inside a Water Tank--South Carolina: A 48-year-old male painter/sandblaster (the victim) died of injuries received after falling 30 feet from a tubular welded frame scaffold. The victim was part of a three-man crew that was sandblasting the interior of a newly constructed water storage tank needed for fire fighting. In preparation to sandblast and spray paint the tank's interior, workers on the daylight shift (7 a.m to 5 p.m.) had erected 2 separate 30-foot-high tubular welded frame scaffolding inside the tank...more..





Bridge Painter Dies In Fall While Working on Massachusetts Bridge: On May 27, 1993, a 44 year old, male bridge painter fell approximately 134 feet to his death from a Massachusetts bridge. The victim was apparently aiding in the retrieval of a suspended cable running along the bridge when he fell from outside the bridge's suicide barrier at the highest center span of the bridge. At the time of the incident the victim was wearing a safety belt and lanyard, but his lanyard was not tied off to an anchorage point...more...




NIOSH - investigates the death of a worker: On January 9, 1992, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) received a request through the Sentinel Event Notification System for Occupational Risk (SENSOR) Program, from the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) to assist them in investigating a death of a worker who died from silico-tuberculosis that was acquired from a sandblasting operation at the Commercial Steel Treating Company in Cleveland, Ohio....more...




Laborer Dies of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning During Sandblasting Operations in Virginia: A 46-year-old male laborer at an antique dealership was overcome by carbon monoxide while sandblasting wrought iron chairs. The victim had begun sandblasting the chairs the previous afternoon; he was working outdoors and was wearing an abrasive-blasting airline ...more...




Laborer Electrocuted When He Contacts 4160-volt Power Line on Rooftop: The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Division of Safety Research (DSR), performs Fatal Accident Circumstances and Epidemiology (FACE) investigations when a participating state reports an occupational fatality and requests technical assistance. ...more...


REQUEST FOR ASSISTANCE IN PREVENTING OCCUPATIONAL FATALITIES IN CONFINED SPACES: This Alert requests the assistance of managers, supervisors, and workers in the prevention of deaths that occur in confined spaces. Confined spaces may be encountered in virtually any occupation; therefore, their recognition is the first step in preventing fatalities. Since deaths in confined spaces often occur because the atmosphere is oxygen deficient or toxic, confined spaces should be tested prior to entry and continually monitored ...more...

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