Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Starkville trench
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (The Commercial Dispatch) — The owner of a contracting company of which two workers were killed in a trench collapse in Mississippi had previously been issued 27 federal citations for safety violations. 

The Commercial Dispatch reports Shane Henderson was the president of the now-defunct Gilco Contracting when the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited it in 2005 and 2008. Henderson is now the head of Tuscaloosa, Alabama-based Southern Civil Contracting.

Starkville trench
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STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Two workers were crushed to death by rocks in a trench collapse at the site of town homes under construction in Mississippi. 

Starkville Fire Chief Charles Yarbrough told news outlets the workers were in the trench laying pipe for sewer lines when it collapsed Tuesday morning. One worker died at the scene. The second worker was trapped for more than two hours. He was flown to a hospital in Tupelo where he later died.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor says it's fined a construction company approximately $32,000 for not properly protecting against falls at an Alabama work site. Al.com reports the labor department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Montgomery-based contractor Diaz Professional Construction LLC for allowing employees to perform framing activities without fall protection in place.

OSHA: Second Injured Pipeline Worker Dead

Dec 7, 2016
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Officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration say a second worker who was injured in the Colonial Pipeline explosion in late October has died.

OSHA says the worker died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during the explosion in Shelby County.

The federal agency says the worker's employer, Heflin-based L.E. Bell Construction, did contact OSHA to inform the administration of the death.

OSHA did not identify the worker.

Colonial officials say eight people on the nine-member crew that was working on the pipeline were employees of L.E Bell.

Keystone Foods Facing $76,000 in Safety Penalties

Sep 7, 2016

A meat processing plant in southeast Alabama has been fined more than $70,000 following an investigation after a worker lost his fingertip in an accident.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says the Keystone Foods plant in Bakerhill, Alabama, is facing about $76,700 in proposed penalties following an investigation. The agency began looking into the plant after a 65-year-old employee lost the tip of his index finger while cleaning an overhead saw blade in early March.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is fining an Alabama auto parts supplier over $170,000 for unsafe working conditions.

Daeil USA is based in Valley, Alabama and supplies parts to Hyundai and Kia. OSHA recently issued 17 citations against the company, 10 of which were classified as serious.

They’re accusing the employer of willful failure to develop procedures to prevent multiple machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing. OSHA says the unguarded machinery put workers in danger of amputations and other serious occupational hazards.