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OSHA Cites Dollar General For Repeated Safety Violations At Locations Across Southeastern United States, including In Georgia

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On November 1st, 2022, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced sanctions against Dollar General—the discount retail chain with a main headquarters in Goodlettsville, TN. According to the federal agency, Dollar General committed willful violations of workplace safety regulations. Here, our Decatur workers’ compensation attorney provides a more comprehensive overview of OSHA’s enforcement… Read More »

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OSHA Initiates Second Probe Into Amazon

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OSHA is taking a renewed interest in Amazon after three workers died in a New Jersey warehouse over the course of one month. Problems for Amazon continue to accrue as warehouses move to unionize across the country. Already, a Staten Island warehouse has voted to unionize and it looks like many more warehouses could… Read More »

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OSHA Files Criminal Charges After Worker Dies In Machine

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The Justice Department has announced criminal charges against an Alabama company after an OSHA investigation uncovered violations that lead to the worker’s untimely death. According to the announcement, a worker was pulled into a machine with a cluster of unguarded rollers and died as a result of his injuries. The plant fabricates plastic sheets… Read More »

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OSHA Cites Theme Park After Employee Death

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A 30-year-old employee died in a fatal scooter crash at his place of employment—a Western-style theme park. OSHA faulted the theme park for failing to put signage near a dangerous location. The theme park was cited for two serious safety violations. Workers at the park had jerry-rigged a gate with a nylon strap to… Read More »

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Tampa Electric Forced To Pay $500k After 5 Die In Explosion

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Tampa Electric will have to pay a $500,000 fine and be placed on OSHA probation for an incident that occurred in 2017. Five workers died and six more suffered severe burn injuries when blockage inside a coal furnace broke free and exploded, spewing molten slag on several employees. The five workers were employed by… Read More »

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Workplace Falls Result In Many Georgia Workers’ Compensation Claims

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Workplace falls are the leading cause of death among workers.  Year after year, slips, trips, and falls remain the most likely cause of an OSHA citation that an employer will receive. Federal regulators are busy identifying the root causes of fall hazards in workplaces and fining companies more frequently for safety violations related to… Read More »

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OSHA Investigates Worker Electrocution At Airport

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OSHA has launched an investigation after a workplace accident claimed a worker’s life recently. The worker was electrocuted during a construction job. The worker was found at 12:55 am and paramedics were called to the scene. They found the worker unresponsive. The cause of death was cardiac arrest. The project was related to a… Read More »

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Federal Investigators Target Amazon Warehouses

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Federal prosecutors and the Department of Labor are now investigating Amazon warehouses for unsafe and illegal workplace conditions. OSHA began its investigation in three locations, New York, Chicago, and Orlando. Workers reported unsafe working conditions and quota problems that place workers in danger. The investigation will center on workplace hazards. OSHA also mentioned that… Read More »

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Company Faces $450,000 Fine After Worker Dies

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One company is facing a $450,000 fine and has been labeled a “severe violator” of OSHA standards after a sewer trench collapse killed one worker and temporarily trapped two others. OSHA announced that they have placed the company on the “Severe Violator Enforcement Program”. The company will have 15 days to respond to the… Read More »

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State OSHA Agencies Issues $1.75M Fine After Asphyxiation Death

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Three California companies have been issued a $1.75 million fine after a worker’s death in an oil refinery. In most states, OSHA violations are handled by the federal government. Federal law requires that all U.S. employers abide by safety recommendations to prevent workplace injuries and deaths. The individual states have the option of simply… Read More »

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