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Wood Pellet Plant Dust Explosion Was Preventable: OSHA

By Rich Christianson Posted: 03/05/2014 2:35PM

A combustible wood dust explosion and fire that injured a worker at Inferno Wood Pellet Inc. was "preventable," according to Patrick Griffin, area director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's office in Rhode Island.


Woodshop Injury Reduction Plan Issued by OSHA

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 03/03/2014 12:23PM

OSHA recently issued its annual inspection plan under the Site-Specific Targeting 2014 program to direct enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.


OSHA Cites Lumber Manufacturer for Combustible Dust as Hazard

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 02/27/2014 8:54PM

Violations of lock-out tag-out rules, exposure of employees to electrical shock and other hazards were listed by OSHA in a citation against Dupont Yard, a lumber mill. Notably, combustible dust accumulation of more than 1/8-inch was listed as a safety and health hazard.


American Air Filter Cited for Shock and Burn Hazards by OSHA

By Rich Christianson Posted: 02/04/2014 8:57AM

American Air Filter Co. Inc. (AAF), a manufacturer of dust collectors and other industrial environmental control systems, has been cited for two repeat and five serious violations by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.




Combustible Dust Investigated in Omaha Plant Explosion

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/22/2014 9:53AM

Combustible dust is being investigated as a possible cause of a Jan. 20 explosion and building collapse at an Omaha animal-feed plant. OSHA sent investigators to determine whether an explosion was caused by a building collapse or other source.


Office Furniture Re-seller Slapped with $71,280 in OSHA Fines

By Rich Christianson Posted: 01/08/2014 3:38PM

Complete Liquidations, operating as the Furniture X-Change, faces proposed penalties totaling $71,280 related to four repeat and 13 serious violations issued by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


Justice Stays Obamacare Rule in Conestoga Wood-related Case

By Bill Esler Posted: 01/01/2014 9:00AM

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayer issued a stay on the contraception rule of Obamacare, in a case brought by Colorado nuns. A similar case by Conestoga Wood Specialties' Mennonite owners is expected to be heard by the Supreme Court in March 2014.


How Paul Downs Cabinetmakers Saved 19 Percent Under Obamacare

By Bill Esler Posted: 12/19/2013 9:00PM

Paul Downs Cabinetmakers has insured its 17-employee custom woodshop under the Affordable Care Act. A spreadsheet available free shows how he saves $13,932 with the program, paying a total $59,005 in premiums for 2014.


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