Decatur, IN – One employee died and another has been hospitalized in a confined space accident at the Manley Meats facility in Decatur (IN) this week.
Emergency crews were called to Manley Meats for a report of two unresponsive people on Wednesday afternoon. A statement from the Adams County Coroner says that work was being done on a sewer pit when one or both people became unresponsive. One worker died and another was airlifted to a local hospital.
Many workplaces contain areas that are considered to be “confined spaces” because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs.
A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. They include, but are not limited to: tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, and pipelines.
Martin Technical confined space services are designed to keep workers safe, and help companies meet OSHA regulations. Our experts can evaluate your work site to determine which spaces require permits, develop a written program and specific procedures for entering each confined space.
Manley Meats offers catering, butchering, canning, and retail operations at its Decatur location.
Los Angeles, CA – Cal/OSHA has issued fines of $352,570 for ten serious and willful health and safety violations following an investigation into a confined space death. Cal/OSHA reports that neither Tyler Development or D&D Construction Specialties Inc. were in compliance with required confined space procedures.
An employee of D&D Construction entered a drainage shaft in October 2016 to clean out mud and debris. No personal fall protection was utilized as the worker descended via bucket 10 ft. into the shaft. Reports state that the shaft was 4.5 ft. in diameter and lined with concrete. The worker lost consciousness due to the oxygen deficient atmosphere in the confined space, fell 40 ft., and then drowned in one foot of water.
According to Cal/OSHA, Tyler Development was the general contractor constructing a single-family residence in the Bel Air area. They had subcontracted D&D Construction to install and service reinforced concrete posts known as caissons1 on the property.
These violations have been classified as willful because D&D Construction was cited in 2012 for similar safety violations at a different job site. In total, D&D has to pay a proposed $337,700 for 13 violations, including two willful serious accident-related, one willful serious, one serious accident-related, six serious, and three general in nature.
According to Cal/OSHA, the D&D Construction failed to ensure safe entry into the confined space; failed to have an effective method for rescuing the worker in the confined space in an emergency; and failed to test the environment to determine if additional protective equipment, such as a respirator or oxygen tank, were required to work safely in the shaft.
For their part, Tyler Development was cited $14,870 for five violations, three of them serious, for a failure to evaluate the worksite for possible permit-required confined spaces and failure to ensure that the subcontractor meets all requirements to comply with a permit space program.
Key Largo, FL – Three workers assigned to fix a roadway in the Florida Keys lost their lives this week after entering a confined space filled with hydrogen sulfide and methane gas created from years of rotted vegetation. The men descended a hole just wide enough to fit a body and about 15 feet deep that was so poisonous that a firefighter attempting rescue was knocked unconscious within seconds.
The Sheriff’s office reported that the workers went to investigate complaints from residents about what they thought was a sewage back up. The workers found a slight dip in the ground near the manhole cover at the end of the street.The first worker removed a manhole cover, went underground, and was uncommunicative. The second worker climbed down in search of his coworker and he, too, lost consciousness. The third man desperately climbed into the same hole to assist and was immediately overcome by fumes.
The deceased are Elway Gray, 34, of Fort Lauderdale, Louis O’Keefe, 49, of Little Torch Key and Robert Wilson, 24, of Summerland Key. All three worked for a private Michigan-based roadwork contractor named Douglas N. Higgins.
The firefighter who attempted rescue was revived with CPR and is believed to be in a coma after the accident. The local sheriff’s office reports that the firefighter decided to enter the hole without his air pack because the hole was not wide enough to fit the man and his equipment.
Federal OSHA inspectors will investigate the deadly incident. The neighborhood was ordered evacuated until determined safe.
Springfield, IL – OSHAs new construction confined space standard is being brought to bear against 4 Illinois companies following the death in October 2015 of a worker renovating the Springfield Metro Sanitary District’s Sugar Creek Plant. The new OSHA standard went into effect Aug 15, 2015 and the recent citations against Henderson; Williams Brothers Inc; Tobin Bros.; and Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. are among the first to have been issued to violators of the new construction confined space rules.
In October 2015, a 42-year-old worker suffered fatal blunt force injuries when an inflatable bladder ruptured at Springfield Metro Sanitary District’s Sugar Creek Plant wastewater treatment facility. OSHA inspectors have found the employer, Henderson Construction of Central Illinois Inc., failed to train the employee properly.
While the majority of the violations cited centered on a failure to train workers on how to safely operate equipment, Henderson Construction was also cited for failing to manage how and when workers entered the large round pipe as well as confined space-related violations. 3 other companies involved were also cited for multiple safety violations by OSHA: Williams Brothers Inc who were the controlling contractor on the site; subcontractor Tobin Bros; and another subcontractor, Crawford, Murphy & Tilly Inc. These 4 companies were working on a $54.4 million renovation of the Springfield Metro Sanitary District’s Sugar Creek Plant.
Many workplaces contain areas that are considered confined spaces because while they are not necessarily designed for people, they are large enough for workers to enter and perform certain jobs. A confined space also has limited or restricted means for entry or exit and is not designed for continuous occupancy. They include, but are not limited to, tanks, vessels, silos, storage bins, hoppers, vaults, pits, manholes, tunnels, equipment housings, ductwork, boilers, and pipelines.
Martin Technical confined space services are designed to keep workers safe, and help companies meet OSHA regulations. Contact an expert on our Safety & Compliance Team to evaluate your work site to determine which spaces require permits, develop a written program and specific procedures for entering each confined space.
Johnson City, NY – An OSHA inspection at the Rob Salamida Co. food manufacturing plant found 11 types of violations amounting to a possible $79,600 in penalties. The investigation was triggered by a workplace incident in September 2015 in which a worker fell into a 3,000 gallon vinegar vat at Salamida’s Johnson City (NY) plant.
While attempting an annual cleaning, a 33-year-old Salamida employee was overcome by vapors in the confined space, fell backwards off a ladder, and lost consciousness in the bottom of the vat. The employee survived the incident after 5 days of hospitalization. The vat was empty at the time, save for 3-4″ of residue collected at the bottom. The employee was wearing a
OSHA reports that the Rob Salamida Co. had improper signage on vinegar vats and that employees were not being given proper respirator training or eye protection, among other citations. The largest penalty is for $56,000 for, claiming, “the employer did not evaluate the workplace for the presence of permit required confined spaces including but not limited to 3,000 gallon tanks containing cider vinegar, distilled white vinegar and red wine vinegar.”
OSHA found that the sauce and marinade manufacturer failed to identify confined space hazards inside the tank, such as oxygen deficiency and acetic acid vapors, and failed to provide air monitoring, ventilation and rescue equipment for employees entering confined spaces, on top of a list of other violations.
OSHA found many other hazards at the Rob Salamida Co. plant: There were no evident procedures, training or devices to lock out machines’ power sources to protect against their unintended startup (lockout/tagout); a lack of procedures to verify and maintain safe entry conditions; the need to post warning signs for confined spaces and train employees on confined safety hazards.
Tonawanda, NY – An employee was killed in an industrial accident at the Tonawanda Coke plant. The accident occurred in an industrial elevator in the plant’s coal-handling section. The local OSHA office has confirmed that an investigation has been opened and that findings will be issued within six months.
Unfortunately, Tonawanda Coke Corp. has had previous health, safety, and environmental violations. In January 2014, an explosion at their River Road plant injured three workers. OSHA criticized Tonawanda Coke for failing to take proper precautions and ensuring its safety systems were working, as well as “additional, preventable hazards” found at the plant. The 2014 explosion was caused by an over-pressured coke oven manifold which released gas in an enclosed area, where it then ignited.
St. Mary’s, OH – Quality Ready Mix Inc. has been cited for six safety violations with proposed penalties totaling $51,920 in fines at the company’s Van Buren cement silo hopper. Issues with confined space, training, and lockout tagout were found by OSHA investigators.
According to OSHA, the company did not comply with new confined space regulations, including setting confined space procedures and the training of employees on such procedures. Additionally, Quality Ready Mix failed to protect workers from operating parts of machinery by using locking and blocking devices, provide fall protection for employees working from heights, and protect workers from electrical hazards.
These failures resulted in one willful, three repeat, and two serious OSHA safety violations. Kimberly Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo, said “it is disappointing when employers are cited for repeated violations because it demonstrates that they do not take safety seriously.”
Goldsboro, NC – Two employees of SPX Transformer Solutions in Goldsboro died in an industrial accident Monday and a third worker has been hospitalized. An employee was working inside a large transformer and became unresponsive, two other employees entered the transformer to help and they both became unresponsive. Their injuries are believed to have been caused by a confined space issue–something in the atmosphere was lethal or because of a lack of oxygen.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of the men who were killed and injured in an industrial accident: Dennis Martin, 51 of Goldsboro, and Daniel Craig Anderson, 33 of Dudley, were both killed. William Saviak, 40 of Dudley, is currently in the ICU at Wayne Memorial Hospital.
The state Department of Labor says their preliminary investigation shows that one worker fell into the transformer space and the other two went in to help him.
SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc. is one of the largest manufacturers of power transformers in the United States.
Bristol, PA – An OSHA inspection at Covanta’s Bristol (PA) incinerator found 16 serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. The waste combustion facility is facing a $80,000 fine for dangerous workplace practices. energy-from-waste, waste-to-energy plant, waste combustion
The investigation was spurned by an employee complaint to OSHA. The violations include toxic metals in ash, the dangers of falls or working in confined spaces, and electrical and mechanical hazards.
In its finding, OSHA said Covanta “needlessly exposed its employees to the hazards of electrocution, fire, falls, slips and trips, crushing, being trapped or overcome in a confined space, eye injuries and cancer, lung or kidney damage.”
In July 2011, it also paid a $400,000 fine penalty after its Connecticut burn plant sent toxic dioxins into the air. It also paid a dioxin emissions fine in 2009.
The company said it intended to contest the OSHA’s findings. “The health and safety of employees is our priority at Covanta so we take the recent citations at our Bristol facility very seriously,” said a spokesman. “We have reviewed the citations closely and have filed a notice to contest because we disagree with the assertions made by the OSHA.”
New Britain, CT – OSHA has cited 24 safety violations at Metallurgical Processing, Inc. and the company faces $77,000 in proposed fines as a result. OSHA’s Hartford (CT) Area Office initiated an investigation in January after employees complained about hazardous conditions at the site. Metallurgical Processing Inc. conducts heat treatments on metal components.
The 24 violations include employees being exposed to assorted fire, explosion, chemical and mechanical risks. Infractions included failing to supply protective garments and tools to employees who were performing live electrical work, failing to inspect a pipe system that carries anhydrous ammonia, not installing a pressure relief valve on a nitrogen tank and improper storage of chemicals and flammable materials.
According to OSHA, the firm also didn’t have adequate regulations in place for employees who work in confined spaces or sufficient safeguards for workers who have to use respirators.