Workplace Injury & Accidents

Construction Company Cited for Permitting Hazardous Work in Confined Spaces

Chris Welsh, Esq. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”) has cited Watco Cos. Inc., of Pittsburg, Kansas for welding safety violations. The three violations are reportedly very serious and related to regulations of working in confined spaces. Watco allegedly permitted workers to perform tasks, including welding, in rail cars. The agency says that a worker reported respiratory inflammation after welding inside a rail car in Omaha, Nebraska. OSHA regulates work done in confined spaces, such as tunnels and pits, because it can be extremely dangerous, especially when the labor involves machinery, live wires, heat stress, and other hazardous materials. …


Fatal Explosion at Alabama Steel Plant

Courtney French, Esq. Tragic news here in Alabama this week. A work blast at the U.S. Steel plant in Fairfield took the life of a man and injured two others. The explosion occurred late in the day on Sunday in a section of the plant where they make molten steel. The plants own security and paramedics responded to the incident, but the exact time of the blast is still unknown. The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has identified Edward Lamar Bryant, 53, as the fatal victim. Bryant was taken to the emergency room and succumbed to his burn wounds just an …


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