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July 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty African American and minority ramp workers employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia and Washington have asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate American for alleged racial discrimination, safety and workplace violations, and removal of faulty airline equipment during a federal investigation. The workers, who load and unload baggage and cargo from planes and operate trucks and heavy equipment on the tarmac, sent a complaint letter Tuesday, asking Lynch to look into maintenance improprieties, as well as workplace racism.
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June 13, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of an area roofing company was indicted on charges of lying to federal authorities investigating the death of an employee who fell 45 feet from roof scaffolding in Philadelphia on June 21, 2013. James J. McCullagh, 60, the owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc., was accused of ordering two employees to tell federal investigators that they, and the man who died, had been given fall protection, including safety harnesses, when he knew they had not. The indictment was handed up Thursday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia.
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June 5, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Havertown building contractor cited after two workers were injured when they came in contact with power lines, has been cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA said it had put DMAC Construction LLC, its owner, Darren McGee, and a previous company, McGee Plastering & Stucco Inc., on a list of "severe violators. " Companies under his control have been cited for more than 40 scaffolding violations since 2008, OSHA said.
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July 31, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ON JULY 2, 1976, 18-year-old Eric Ehmann was working on a large truck tire in a garage in Phoenixville when the tire exploded. The rim struck him in the chest and head, causing massive brain injuries that killed him two days later. From this tragedy, his mother, Mary Ehmann Auger, was able, through drive and stubborn persistence, to bring about mandated changes in the design of truck tires that have saved countless lives. Her one-woman crusade took her to Washington, D.C., where she convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
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January 10, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
At dusk Thursday, fire crews hauled spotlights toward the mangled remains of a collapsed steel silo at an industrial complex in Bristol Township. They had already searched the wreckage for nearly 14 hours, hoping for any sign of Anthony Gabriele, a plant worker they believed was trapped beneath mountains of cement when the 125-foot silo collapsed overnight. Given the scale of the debris and the temperatures, officials weren't optimistic about finding Gabriele alive. After a few hours, they stopped calling their effort a rescue attempt and started to call it a recovery.
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February 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.
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January 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 63-year-old contractor was fatally struck in the head while working at an oil refinery in Gloucester County on Friday, officials say. Gary Grimming was killed instantly when an air compressor line broke, striking him in the head, at the PBF Energy Paulsboro refinery about 9:30 a.m., the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. Grimming was a contractor with G.C. Zarnas & Co., which was sandblasting a tank at the refinery, officials said. The refinery sits in Greenwich Township.
BUSINESS
June 7, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said it cited Heraeus Materials Technology L.L.C. for exposing workers to dangerously high levels of lead and silver metal, among other violations, at the company's West Conshohocken facility. OSHA initiated an inspection in December 2011 after being alerted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health of a possible exposure. Proposed penalties total $45,265, OSHA said. Based in Hanau, Germany, Heraeus produces conductive pastes at the West Conshohocken facility containing precious and other metals that are used to make circuit boards.
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December 11, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
WARMINSTER Bucks County business owner William H. Marsh said he expected to pay a "substantial fine" after a federal regulator executed a warrant to inspect his steel-products manufacturing plant Monday. "This is a dangerous place to work," Marsh said of his Warminster company, American Bar Products Inc. He said his 11 employees work in a noisy, dusty, and greasy environment, adding, "I might get in trouble for saying that. " "If you want a totally safe plant, then you shut down that plant and you don't work," Marsh said.
BUSINESS
July 12, 2012 | Inquirer Staff Report
Regulators have cited the U.S. operations of French chemicals maker Arkema S.A. for safety violations at the Houston plant where it produces organic chemicals. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties of $117,100 for 12 serious, one repeat and one other-than-serious violations following a January inspection. "It's vital that Arkema ensure that safeguards are in place to protect the safety of workers at this facility," said David Doucet, director of OSHA's Houston North Area Office.
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August 21, 2015 | By David Sell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tension over past and future layoffs at pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. spilled into the public domain Tuesday evening as a written exchange between CEO Ken Frazier and a union leader cast doubt on the safety of workers and people living near Merck's factory in West Point, Montgomery County. "I dread but expect the day when someone forced to work a double shift [16 hours] gets in their car after work, drives home, and falls asleep at the wheel, hurting themselves, someone else, or someone else's child," wrote Dan Bangert, a 29-year Merck employee and president of United Steelworkers Union Local 10-00086.
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July 31, 2015 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ON JULY 2, 1976, 18-year-old Eric Ehmann was working on a large truck tire in a garage in Phoenixville when the tire exploded. The rim struck him in the chest and head, causing massive brain injuries that killed him two days later. From this tragedy, his mother, Mary Ehmann Auger, was able, through drive and stubborn persistence, to bring about mandated changes in the design of truck tires that have saved countless lives. Her one-woman crusade took her to Washington, D.C., where she convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
BUSINESS
July 21, 2015
The Samuel S. Fels Fund board of directors has selected Sarah Martinez-Helfman as its next president. Currently the executive director of the Eagles Youth Partnership, Martinez-Helfman will assume her role Oct. 1. The independent foundation makes grants in the categories of arts and humanities, education, and community programs that address positive social change. The fund, founded in 1935, also runs the Fels Internships in Community Service. The Curtis Institute of Music has appointed Rauli Garcia senior vice president of administration and chief financial officer.
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July 17, 2015 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Eighty African American and minority ramp workers employed by American Airlines in Philadelphia and Washington have asked U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch to investigate American for alleged racial discrimination, safety and workplace violations, and removal of faulty airline equipment during a federal investigation. The workers, who load and unload baggage and cargo from planes and operate trucks and heavy equipment on the tarmac, sent a complaint letter Tuesday, asking Lynch to look into maintenance improprieties, as well as workplace racism.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of an area roofing company was indicted on charges of lying to federal authorities investigating the death of an employee who fell 45 feet from roof scaffolding in Philadelphia on June 21, 2013. James J. McCullagh, 60, the owner of James J. McCullagh Roofing Inc., was accused of ordering two employees to tell federal investigators that they, and the man who died, had been given fall protection, including safety harnesses, when he knew they had not. The indictment was handed up Thursday by a federal grand jury in Philadelphia.
NEWS
June 5, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Havertown building contractor cited after two workers were injured when they came in contact with power lines, has been cited again by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA said it had put DMAC Construction LLC, its owner, Darren McGee, and a previous company, McGee Plastering & Stucco Inc., on a list of "severe violators. " Companies under his control have been cited for more than 40 scaffolding violations since 2008, OSHA said.
NEWS
February 19, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County company that assembles surgical carts used in medical facilities faces more than $42,000 in fines for exposing workers to chemical hazards, the U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday. Following a complaint in September, the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration found that Seitz Technical Products in Oxford did not properly label hazardous chemicals, provide eye wash stations, train employees in use of hazardous chemicals or maintain a library of chemical safety sheets.
NEWS
January 10, 2015 | By Chris Palmer and Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writers
At dusk Thursday, fire crews hauled spotlights toward the mangled remains of a collapsed steel silo at an industrial complex in Bristol Township. They had already searched the wreckage for nearly 14 hours, hoping for any sign of Anthony Gabriele, a plant worker they believed was trapped beneath mountains of cement when the 125-foot silo collapsed overnight. Given the scale of the debris and the temperatures, officials weren't optimistic about finding Gabriele alive. After a few hours, they stopped calling their effort a rescue attempt and started to call it a recovery.
NEWS
January 4, 2015 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 63-year-old contractor was fatally struck in the head while working at an oil refinery in Gloucester County on Friday, officials say. Gary Grimming was killed instantly when an air compressor line broke, striking him in the head, at the PBF Energy Paulsboro refinery about 9:30 a.m., the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office said. Grimming was a contractor with G.C. Zarnas & Co., which was sandblasting a tank at the refinery, officials said. The refinery sits in Greenwich Township.
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November 23, 2014 | By Marcus Biddle, Inquirer Staff Writer
Rita Hodge Sellers, 84, a longtime nurse, health administrator and educator, died Wednesday, Nov. 5, at Normandy Farms Estates retirement center in Blue Bell. Mrs. Sellers was known by family and friends as a strong mentor who was passionate about helping others, recalled her daughter, Suzanne Rita Sellers. She described her mother as someone who worked to keep herself healthy and whose favorite hobby was traveling. "She visited Rome, China, and Africa," said Suzanne Sellers. "I still remember when she and my dad took me to Paris as a graduation present when I was in college.
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