A trench collapsed last week while workers were installing a sewage line at a Portland, Oregon home, burying a 27-year-old man, Portland firefighters said. The man died as a result of the collapse, according to OR-OSHA. The man had been working at the bottom of a trench that was 11 feet deep, 3 feet wide and 70 feet long. The worker had been outside the protection of the shoring system when the trench caved in. (Oregonian and Cal-OSHA Newsdesk.)
A report has just been issued concerning last year's refinery explosion at an ExxonMobil plant in Redondo Beach, California. According to findings, the explosion occurred after crews were repairing a unit that hadn't been maintained for over five years. During the repair, the unit leaked hydrocarbons into another part of the refinery. This caused a spark, and the eventual explosion.
Bumble Bee Foods has just agreed to a $6 million settlement in the death of a worker at its Sante Fe Springs plant to resolve a criminal prosecution of the company. The worker - Jose Melena - was loading tuna into the industrial ovens when he got trapped inside. The pressure cooker was then turned on, killing Melena. The settlement is the largest payout in a California work-place violation death.
Recently, a 31-year-old woman died after falling 28 feet at the FreeDrop USA attraction during the San Bernardino County Fair. The "FreeDrop USA" attraction involves people jumping off a platform nearly 40-feet high and then landing onto a giant inflatable bag.
California employers of construction workers exposed to confined spaces have to meet extra safety standards issued by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Subpart AA of 29 CFR 1926 of the updated OSHA regulations establishes that employers must identify confined spaces at work sites and assess their hazards. Workers must also receive safety training specific to the confined spaces and learn how to rescue workers if an accident happens.
CNN reports that Bumble Bee foods and two of its employees will face felony criminal charges arising out of the work place death of an employee at a California plant. Bumble Bee was charged with "willfully violating worker safety rules."
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, from 2000 to 2009, 350 workers were killed in trench collapses and cave-ins that occurred during excavations. In response, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has released information in an attempt to educate workers and employers on the dangers of excavation and steps that might be used to prevent accidents in the future.
Construction workers in California might be interested in learning more about ways to reduce accidents associated with erecting exterior or interior walls. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration is responsible for ensuring that employers and employees follow the appropriate protocols in order to reduce the risk of preventable injuries occurring at the workplace. Fall-related injuries are especially prominent in the residential construction sector. Employers who fail to comply with OSHA standard may be liable for any resulting injuries.
A year after the death of a woman killed on the movie set of the "Midnight Rider," friends and family called for a moment of silence to remember Sarah Jones, and to call attention to work place dangers on movie sets and work locations. Jones was killed, and eight other people on the crew suffered serious personal injuries when a train sped through where they were shooting a film. Numerous work place accidents have occurred on movie sets over the last several years, with this incident triggering greater awareness of safety issues.
A massive blast at the ExxonMobil refinery in Torrance left four workers with minor injuries on Feb. 18. The explosion happened at around 8:50 a.m.