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Hamburg Home Improvement Company Cited for Fall Hazards

Posted on August 29, 2014 by Spevack Law Firm

A home improvement business based in Hamburg, NY failed to provide fall protection for workers at a Lackawanna site, resulting in heavy fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA.) In April 2014, OSHA inspectors saw employees working on roofs and scaffolds without fall protection, exposing them to potentially fatal falls of up to 20 feet. Management also failed to provide mandatory personal protective equipment (PPE), like hard hats and fall harnesses. After the assessment, OSHA inspectors warned employers at the site to use fall protection regularly for all workers. When they returned to the site the following day, they saw that all of the fall protection had been removed, and workers were once again exposed. Falls kill more construction workers than any other workplace hazard, and injure thousands of workers every year. Even falls from reasonable heights can lead to permanent injury, so OSHA regulations state that all…
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Is My Employer Responsible for Workplace Violence?

Posted on August 22, 2014 by Spevack Law Firm

Employers are responsible for the health and safety of their employees in the workplace. This includes protection from illness or injury due to workplace hazards, but it also applies to physical violence from either customers or coworkers. Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center in Brooklyn reported more than 40 incidents of workplace violence between February 7 and April 12, 2014. During this period, employees were routinely subjected to threats and intimidation from both patients and visitors. After a nurse sustained brain injuries during an attack in February, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) investigated the facility’s safety procedures. OSHA’s inspectors determined that Brookdale had not taken appropriate measures to prevent assaults against its employees, resulting in one willful violation with proposed penalties of $70,000. How Do I Prevent Violence in the Workplace? OSHA requires every employer to reduce the likelihood of physical violence in the workplace by developing and…
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Coke Plant’s Negligent Safety Measures Lead to Explosion

Posted on August 15, 2014 by Spevack Law Firm

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected a Tonawanda Coke Corp. facility after an explosion in January 2014. OSHA’s findings led to more than $160,000 in fines for a multitude of serious and repeat safety violations. Two permanent workers were injured in the accident, along with one temporary worker. Tonawanda was cited after the incident along with Kirchner LLC, a staffing company that helped provide temporary workers for the facility. Tonawanda produces coke, a fuel made from coal with high levels of carbon. Investigators determined that excessive pressure in a coke oven manifold caused the explosion, after a flare stack failed. A flare stack helps a coke oven burn off excess gas. When it malfunctioned, coke oven gas leaked into a small area and ignited. What Are the Dangers of Coke Gas Exposure? OSHA inspectors determined that Tonawanda had failed to inspect and maintain safety…
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