June 19, 2016 |
Everywhere Nick DeJesse goes, he sees a problem. So a nice stroll in South Philadelphia en route to a cup of cappuccino Friday turns into an hour-long lecture on fall hazards, trench hazards, and silica dust exposure, with the examples framed by scaffolding on nearly every block. "Whose mother, whose father, whose grandmother, whose baby is breathing that dust?" asked DeJesse, the Philadelphia director of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, as he watched workers repairing bricks at a residential project near 25th and Christian Streets.
May 21, 2016 |
Two stucco companies hired to build 31 Brewerytown, described as "Philadelphia's Hottest Place to Live" by its developer, have been fined $236,000 for failing to protect construction workers from falling. Although Westrum Development Co., the general contractor of the apartment project on West Thompson Street, was not cited, the director of the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Philadelphia blamed Westrum for creating a situation that led to the citations.
April 16, 2016 |
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.
March 31, 2016 |
Maybe high on the roof, so close to the sky, roofers such as James McCullagh feel invincible, towering over the world, towering over their fate. McCullagh, 60, said as much in federal court Tuesday, before he was sentenced to prison in connection with a roofing accident that killed his good friend Mark T. Smith, 52, on June 21, 2013. "It is a dangerous trade," McCullagh told U.S. District Judge Nitza I. Quinones Alejandro in a courtroom filled with about 50 spectators, the majority of them McCullagh's friends and many cousins.
March 11, 2016 |
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.
January 14, 2016 |
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.
December 11, 2015 |
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.
November 25, 2015 |
United Hospital Supply Corp., a family-run Burlington, N.J., company that makes and designs metal cabinets and furniture for laboratories and offices, faces a proposed fine of $181,500 for 21 worker health and safety violations - most of them serious and repeat violations - the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational and Safety and Health Administration said Monday. "The willful and repeat violations cited during these latest inspections were identified in 2010 at United Health Supply Corp.'s facility," Paula Dixon-Roderick, OSHA's area director in Marlton, said in a statement.
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 13, 2015 |
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.