July 16, 2015 |
EIGHTY AIRLINE workers in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., have asked the U.S. Justice Department to investigate American Airlines and US Airways, saying bosses routinely use racial slurs, deny minority workers perks and training, delay or botch maintenance and repairs, keep dangerously faulty equipment in use and retaliate against complainers. Attorney Brian Mildenberg filed safety complaints outlining the workers' claims in September with the Federal Aviation Administration and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
June 5, 2015 |
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.
August 27, 2014 |
JOSE DAVID ORTEGA of Camden liked to work with his hands. In July, Ortega and two other men, all three of them day laborers, were razing a defunct Blockbuster in Cherry Hill. A wall collapsed on Ortega, killing him, said his mom, Odily Castro. When she buried her son a week later, she said, the expense was shouldered entirely by the family. That's because Ortega, 40, a father of two, was an undocumented immigrant brought to the U.S. in the '80s by his mother, who was granted political asylum after fleeing the Contras in Nicaragua.
December 11, 2013 |
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.
December 2, 2013 |
For days, the workers at the Salvation Army thrift shop on Market Street said, they heard noises from outside and above. "Like a giant mouse running down the wall," assistant manager Richard Stasiorowski testified. "Every day, at some point, we would hear something. " "All of us would say, 'Oh, my God,' " manager Margarita Agosto said. " 'Imagine if this falls on us.' " But they did not alert the demolition crew next door or their Salvation Army supervisor. They said he already knew.
November 16, 2013 |
Two Philadelphia contractors' "deliberate neglect" of basic demolition safety rules resulted in the Center City building collapse that killed six people in June, federal workplace regulators said Thursday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced fines totaling $397,000 against the two companies. "Campbell Construction and S&R Contracting sacrificed worker and public safety through the deliberate neglect of demolition safety fundamentals. This tragic incident could and should have been prevented," said David Michaels, assistant U.S. secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.
June 8, 2013 |
Despite multiple complaints, shoddy demolition work at 22d and Market Streets went uninspected for more than three weeks before the deadly collapse of a building Wednesday, raising basic questions about the city's competence regulating demolition projects. Six people were killed and 14 injured when a four-story brick wall fell onto an adjoining single-story Salvation Army thrift shop. Mayor Nutter and Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams acknowledged Thursday that the city had granted a demolition permit for that project without any inquiry into the contractor's qualifications for demolition work.
April 26, 2008 |
In the five years since her husband drowned on the job, Holly Shaw has had plenty of time for tears. Plenty of time to try to shield the children. Plenty of time to ponder the what-ifs and what-could-have-beens, like what would have happened if her husband had been wearing a life jacket. Those times, now, are over, though the memory is not. Because, these days, Holly Shaw wants to make sure no other family experiences what hers did. That's why yesterday, at the annual Workers' Memorial Day remembrance for those who died on the job, Shaw, a schoolteacher from South Philadelphia, announced the formation of a support and advocacy group created by and for the families of those whose relatives went to work and never came home.
April 30, 2004 |
The lack of critical steel connections and insufficient supports to brace concrete decks while they strengthened were the main causes of the fatal Oct. 30 collapse of a casino parking garage in Atlantic City, federal officials said yesterday. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration blamed the failures on four contractors that were overseeing work at the Tropicana Casino and Resort garage when the top five floors unhinged and came crashing down in a cascade of concrete and steel and falling construction workers.
December 15, 2001 |
New workplace safety rules designed to streamline record-keeping for 1.4 million American businesses go into effect Jan. 1. The changes were designed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to simplify forms and procedures pertaining to work-related injuries and illnesses. The new rules are expected to affect about one-fifth of all businesses in the country, including 56,000 workplaces in Pennsylvania, 42,949 in New Jersey, and 4,000 in Delaware. James Johnston, an industrial hygienist with OSHA in Philadelphia, said the new provisions should allow employers to spend less time worrying about the details of the rules of record-keeping, and allow them to use the information to improve their safety and health programs.