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Authorities investigating cause of fire at foam factory

TUPELO — Authorities are investigating what caused yesterday’s fire at Mt. Vernon Foam. The small factory manufactured cut foam used in furniture making. About a dozen volunteer and full-time fire departments, including Tupelo and Saltillo, responded to the call around 11 a.m. The factory is owned by Terry Robbins, whose family has owned the business for more than 40 years. ...

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Ice Industries cited by OSHA for safety violations

GRENADA — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Grenada Stamping and Assembly Inc., doing business as Ice Industries Grenada, for 26 safety violations carrying proposed fines of $113,400. In April, OSHA officials opened an inspection at the facility under the agency’s national emphasis program on amputations after learning of a work-related amputation. Twenty-four serious ...

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Cargill reports no injuries following explosion

BYHALIA — Officials say there was an explosion at the Cargill Animal Nutrition feed plant in North Mississippi, but it didn’t cause a fire and nobody was injured. Tim Loesch, a Cargill spokesman, said the cause of the July 15 explosion at the plant in Byhalia is under investigation. He said all employees were evacuated immediately and the local fire ...

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Supreme Court calls halt to asbestos case

JACKSON — The Mississippi Supreme Court has halted all proceedings in an asbestos case until it determines whether the trial judge should have stepped down. The case resulted in a $322-million verdict. In an order signed July 12, Chief Justice Bill Waller Jr. granted a petition filed by Union Carbide for a review of whether Circuit Judge Eddie H. Bowen ...

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Workers dies following explosion at oil mill

GREENWDOOD — The Leflore County coroner says a Delta Oil Mill worker severely burned in a grain explosion June 27 has died. County Coroner Debra Sanders tells The Greenwood Commonwealth that Kendall Jasper died early July 8 while being treated at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, Ga. The burn center’s spokesman says Jasper’s co-worker, Terry Bates, who also was burned in ...

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Howard cited by OSHA following worker's death

ELLISVILLE — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Howard Industries Inc. for 17 safety violations following the January death of a worker who was electrocuted while calibrating a transformer test station. Two serious violations related to the fatality include not requiring employees to use work safety practices when dealing with live electrical circuits and failing to use locks ...

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Fire at mill lands workers in Georgia burn center

GREENWOOD — Two workers injured in a fire at a mill in Greenwood earlier this week are hospitalized at a burn center in Georgia. Fire Chief Marcus Banks tells the Greenwood Commonwealth that the incident occurred Monday night at the Delta Oil Mill. The mill processes distiller’s grain, a byproduct of ethanol production, and employs 25 workers. Banks says a ...

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OSHA cites Graham Lumber following fatality

FULTON — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Graham Lumber Co. for 15 safety and health violations following the March death of a worker who was electrocuted at the company’s Fulton sawmill while troubleshooting a malfunctioning starter inside a motor power control center. Two serious safety violations related to the fatality include failing to train employees on work ...

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Cooper Tire to challenge OSHA allegations

TUPELO — Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. will challenge allegations by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that the company committed safety violations at its plant in Tupelo. Cooper Tire spokeswoman Michelle Zeisloft tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal the company has asked for a hearing with the Occupational Safety Health Review Commission, an agency independent of OSHA. Last week, ...

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OSHA cites Triple P following accident

VERONA — The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Triple P Farms Inc. for four safety violations. OSHA opened an inspection in February after an incident in which a worker had both legs amputated when his foot got caught in a baling machine as he attempted to clear cardboard that had jammed in the machine at MTD Products in ...

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