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Alabama Sawmill Facing $2.5 Million OSHA Fine for Fatality

MDLG Inc., a Phenix City, Alabama, sawmill, faces $2,471,683 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines following a worker’s death, the agency announced February 22. A 67-year-old sawmill supervisor at MDLG, operating as Phenix Lumber Co., had climbed on top of an auger to access a difficult-to-reach area to unclog a woodchipper. The employee was […]

Back to Basics: Silica Hazards, Compliance, and Enforcement

Back to Basics is a weekly feature that highlights important but possibly overlooked information that any EHS professional should know. This week, we examine silica hazards and compliance with related OSHA standards. Silica shows up in materials like sand, stone, concrete, and mortar and is used to make artificial stone, bricks, ceramics, glass, and pottery. Respirable […]

EPA Lowers Lead-Contaminated Soil Screening Levels

On January 17, 2024, the EPA issued guidance that recommends lowering the screening levels used to investigate and clean up lead-contaminated soil in residential areas where children live and play. The guidance, issued by the EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM), marks the first time in 30 years the Agency has recommended lowering […]

Massachusetts Roofer Facing $306K OSHA Fine for Repeat Violations

A Framingham, Massachusetts, roofing contractor with a history of fall-related safety violations is facing $306,229 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for again exposing employees to potentially fatal falls, OSHA announced February 21. The agency cited Brothers Construction Services Inc., which also operates as Brothers Construction and Roofing and Brothers Roofing, with eight […]

New Jersey Steel Fabricator Facing $348K OSHA Fine

Kenric Steel LLC, a Millville, New Jersey, steel fabrication company, faces $348,683 in Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fines for four willful and seven serious safety and health violations, the agency announced February 20. OSHA began an investigation on July 26, 2023, in response to a complaint and cited Kenric Steel for violations involving […]

Safety Topics for Meetings: Top 10 in 2024

Learn about the top 10 topics to include in your safety meetings in 2024. They will help keep projects on schedule and your workers safe. High-hazard jobs pose unique risks that demand the awareness and attention of everyone within a company to workplace safety and the hazards that lurk in the tasks performed every day. […]

EHSDA Song of the Week: Keep On Truckin’

Continuity planning is something every business must do to ensure that they can keep operating in the event of an emergency or disaster. Perseverance is the key and the EHSDA Song of the Week reflects that mindset with Eddie Kendricks’ 1973 R&B classic “Keep On Truckin’.” Kendricks was one of the founding members of the […]

Infographic: Confined Space Compliance

Confined spaces can pose hazards to workers including asphyxiation, electrical and struck-by hazards, engulfment, explosions, and fires. Here’s what you need to know about compliance with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) permit-required confined space standard (CPL 2-00-100). Check out our Back to Basics: Check Up on Your Confined Space article for more information.

Company Officials Sentenced to Federal Prison Over Deadly Facility Explosion

A Wisconsin federal judge has sentenced six Didion Milling Inc. officials for their role in a fatal explosion at a facility operated by the corn milling company in 2017. “These defendants put Didion workers in grave danger, and five people tragically lost their lives, devastating their families and their community,” said U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. […]

The Digital Revolution: How EHS Technology is Transforming Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector, long characterized by its reliance on manual processes and traditional practices, is undergoing a profound transformation fueled by advancements in environment, health, and safety (EHS) and compliance technology. As the industry navigates through the challenges of an ever-evolving landscape, embracing digital solutions has become imperative for sustainability, efficiency, and safety. This article […]