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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.
NEWS
June 29, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A worker at a Bustleton car wash was fatally injured Monday when was struck by two vehicles. Philadelphia police said the 22-year-old man was cleaning a car's rear windows when he was hit by another vehicle, a gray Dodge Durango. The employee at Krewsin Klean Car Wash, located at 9201 Krewstown Road, was then struck a second time, by a red Honda Accord that was leaving the car wash, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene a few minutes later, at 11:59 a.m., police said.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Cooper University Hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needle-stick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards, the agency said Thursday. OSHA also said the Camden hospital failed to train carpenter-shop employees on the hazards of methylene chloride, a cancer-causing chemical in an adhesive used to fasten laminate to countertops. Cooper also failed to monitor employees exposed to the chemical, according to OSHA.
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.
BUSINESS
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.
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.
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.
BUSINESS
April 12, 2013
Following an October 2012 inspection, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Becksted Masonry L.L.C., of Voorhees, for exposing workers to scaffolding hazards - including lack of fall protection and missing toe boards. The company had been cited for similar violations in 2008 and 2010 at work sites in Gibbsboro, Manalapan and Voorhees, the safety agency said Thursday. Besides being cited for three repeat violations, the company was cited for two serious violations, including lack of proper scaffolding training.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued eight citations to High Quality Builders Inc., totaling $72,880 in penalties in connection with a July 6 incident where a 30-year-old construction worker fell 40 feet and became paralyzed from the waist down. The Bordentown company, OSHA said, routinely misused front-end loaders to support scaffolding platforms and failed to provide fall protection or training. The incident, which took place as the worker was installing gutters on new apartment and condominium buildings in West Chester, was the second fall incident in 2015 for that company, which had been cited by OSHA in March and June.
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.
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June 29, 2016 | By Emily Babay, STAFF WRITER
A worker at a Bustleton car wash was fatally injured Monday when was struck by two vehicles. Philadelphia police said the 22-year-old man was cleaning a car's rear windows when he was hit by another vehicle, a gray Dodge Durango. The employee at Krewsin Klean Car Wash, located at 9201 Krewstown Road, was then struck a second time, by a red Honda Accord that was leaving the car wash, police said. The man, whose name was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene a few minutes later, at 11:59 a.m., police said.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2016 | By Harold Brubaker, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined Cooper University Hospital $55,000 for allowing employees to be exposed to needle-stick injuries and bloodborne pathogen hazards, the agency said Thursday. OSHA also said the Camden hospital failed to train carpenter-shop employees on the hazards of methylene chloride, a cancer-causing chemical in an adhesive used to fasten laminate to countertops. Cooper also failed to monitor employees exposed to the chemical, according to OSHA.
BUSINESS
March 11, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Staff Writer
Joshua Elbolde came to work as usual on July 11, 2014, signing in for his shift at Lloyd Industries, a Montgomeryville duct manufacturer. By the end of the day, Elbolde's fingers had been crushed in a press brake. He lost his fingers; three had to be amputated. And he lost his job; he was told not come back. The accident set in motion an OSHA investigation that led to $822,000 in fines and a federal lawsuit, filed against the company Tuesday. Lloyd makes ventilation and safety ducts used at Philadelphia International Airport and at stadiums where the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Ravens play, its website says.
BUSINESS
January 14, 2016 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, STAFF WRITER
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued eight citations to High Quality Builders Inc., totaling $72,880 in penalties in connection with a July 6 incident where a 30-year-old construction worker fell 40 feet and became paralyzed from the waist down. The Bordentown company, OSHA said, routinely misused front-end loaders to support scaffolding platforms and failed to provide fall protection or training. The incident, which took place as the worker was installing gutters on new apartment and condominium buildings in West Chester, was the second fall incident in 2015 for that company, which had been cited by OSHA in March and June.
NEWS
December 21, 2015 | By David Lightman, McCLATCHY WASHINGTON BUREAU
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - They are connected to one another like never before. And they are as disconnected from American politics as ever. They're avid volunteers for community causes, yet most hardly seem to care about government or campaigns. They see a government that's not deserving of their trust, resistant to change, and barely caring about their needs. They don't think their vote counts. They are the young. Old enough to vote, numerous enough to pick a president or a Congress.
BUSINESS
December 11, 2015 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two years ago, the first day of summer was the last day in the life of Mark T. Smith, 52, a construction worker who fell 45 feet to his death while repairing a roof at Old Zion Lutheran Church on North Broad Street. Wednesday marked the beginning of a new episode for Smith's boss, roofer James J. McCullagh, 60, of Meadowbrook, who pleaded guilty in federal court to six charges in connection with the fall that killed Smith. McCullagh faces up to 25 years in prison at sentencing March 29. "Obviously, he feels sorry about what happened to his friend," said McCullagh's lawyer, Michael McDermott.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
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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