Posts Tagged ‘workplace safety’

Woman pleads guilty to impersonating OSHA official

WIGGINS — A 46-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to federal charges that accuse her of posing as a federal worker to make nearly $216,000 giving fraudulent training classes to fishermen who hoped to get jobs cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010. Connie M. Knight was living in Belle Chasse, La., when […] [...]

OSHA cites manufacturer after two workers are killed

PASCAGOULA — Mississippi Phosphates Corp. has been cited by the government for 40 safety and health violations following the deaths of two workers in separate incidents at the company’s Pascagoula plant. Occupational Safety and Health Administration say in a news release it has proposed penalties of $165,900. The company has 10 days to appeal. On […] [...]

Settlement reached in federal lawsuit over mill explosion

REDWOOD — A settlement has been reached in a federal lawsuit brought by a man who was injured in a deadly explosion at an International Paper Co. mill in Mississippi in 2008. Jeb D. Slade settled his lawsuit after a hearing yesterday in U.S. District Court in Natchez. The terms of the deal were not […] [...]

OSHA fines contractor $117K for alleged trenching violations

BATESVILLE — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Brocato Construction Inc. of Batesville with two willful and one serious safety violation following an inspection of two trenches where workers were relocating gas and water lines along state Highway 305 in Olive Branch. OSHA reports it opened its inspection as […] [...]

OSHA inspectors to watch contractors for fall hazards

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Southeast regional offices of the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration will increase enforcement efforts aimed at reducing an upward trend in construction-related fall fatalities. Falls are one of the four leading causes of employee fatalities in the Southeast, according to OSHA. Beginning Aug. 20, OSHA will be […] [...]

EPA says cleanup of former industrial site will take weeks

PURVIS — The cleanup at the former Davis Timber Co. site should be completed within weeks, the Environmental Protection Agency says. Just last week, workers were putting the final loads of clay over a 3.1-acre where contaminated dirt and water-bottom muck were moved, said Scott Martin, remedial project manager with the agency’s Region Four office […] [...]

Oil spill panel: BP missed systemic hazards, lax on overall safety

WASHINGTON — BP focused too much on the little details of personal worker safety instead of the big systemic hazards that led to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and wasn’t as strict on overall safety when drilling rigs involved other companies that they hired, a government safety panel concludes. Eleven workers were killed […] [...]

Business owner’s teenage son dies in workplace accident

LUCEDALE — George County sheriff’s deputies say a 15-year-old died in a workplace accident in Lucedale. The Sun Herald reports Thomas Patrick Harlan Jr. died after he was struck on the head by a pole at Tri-State Pole and Piling. The business is a family owned company that manufactures poles used by power companies. It […] [...]

Fertilizer plant explosion leaves one dead, two injured

PASACAGOULA — A worker at the Mississippi Phosphates fertilizer facility in Pascagoula has been killed in an explosion. Two other workers were injured. Jackson County Coroner Vicki Broadus identified the victim of Friday’s incident as Jeremy Moore, 20, of Moss Point. The two injured workers were taken to Singing River Hospital in Pascagoula, but authorities […] [...]

Prison operator fined $104K for safety violations by OSHA

JACKSON — A private prison operator that’s giving up its business in Mississippi could face up to $104,000 in fines from federal workplace safety regulators. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said GEO Group exposed employees to assaults by inmates at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility near Lost Gap. Citations issued yesterday by OSHA say […] [...]

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