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August 2014 Archives

OSHA issues citation, levies fine against Pennsylvania factory

Following an explosion in January that left one man dead and another injured at a Pennsylvania factory, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has completed its investigation, concluding that the blast occurred when a worker placed flammable parts into an oven that was not rated to handle material of that type. On July 29, the federal agency issued a citation and proposed that the plant pay a fine of $7,000.

Lack of supervision blamed for fatal gas well explosion

In a report they released on Aug. 6, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection concluded that a fatal gas well explosion was caused by the actions of an untrained and unsupervised contract worker. The explosion in Green County resulted in the death of another worker, a 27-year-old man from Warren who was expecting a baby with his girlfriend.

Mechanic killed by falling car in auto body shop

An accident at an auto body shop in Pennsylvania resulted in the death of a mechanic. Before he was killed, the man was working on a vehicle at Negrete's Auto in Bucks County. There have been no reports that any other employees were injured in the accident.

Pennsylvania's higher speed limits worry construction workers

With the state of Pennsylvania set to increase the speed limit on a number of highways, construction workers are beginning to express concerns for their safety. On some of the state's interstate highways, Pennsylvania plans to raise the speed limit to 70 mph. The state also plans to increase some work zone speed limits to 55 mph.