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Foam Plant Explosion Causes Toxic Chemical Scare

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An explosion in Moonachie, New Jersey injured four workers and rattled the windows of nearby neighborhoods. Public health officials arrived quickly to investigate, due to concerns about a toxic chemical that may have been released during the blast. The Crest Foam Industries plant on Carol Place manufactures a variety of foam products, including microphone covers and air filters. Unfortunately, the facility also uses toluene diisocyanate, a hazardous chemical that is categorized as a likely carcinogen. Short-term exposure to toluene diisocyanate can cause choking, chest pain, vomiting and irritation to the eyes, nose and respiratory system. If the explosion was big enough, people in surrounding neighborhoods could suffer health issues as well. Residents were forced to close their windows and stay indoors for about 90 minutes after the blast, as federal officials tried to determine if the chemical had been released into the air. Luckily, the chemical was not being used…
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Processing Plant Loses OSHA Appeal

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In May 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited MB Consultants Ltd. (also operating under the name Murray’s Chickens) for several health violations, after the company failed to train its employees about hazardous chemical exposure. At MB’s chicken processing plant in South Fallsburg, New York, workers disinfected chicken carcasses with chlorine bleach and Perasafe, an antimicrobial agent containing peracetic acid, hydrogen peroxide and acetic acid. Workers complained to inspectors about respiratory symptoms and rashes, which were consistent with Perasafe’s harmful health effects. OSHA requires employers to train their staff on hazardous chemical procedure and provide training to help them avoid exposure, but MB Consultants failed to do so. The processing plant also failed to train workers in OSHA-mandated lockout/tagout procedures, to keep workers from slicing or crushing their limbs by reaching into a machine that is being serviced or repaired. Two employees had already been injured attempting to…
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Construction Company Fined for Unsafe Scaffolding

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Fall hazards kill and injure more construction workers than any other workplace hazard. Falls are common from roofs and unprotected skylights, but scaffolds and other temporary structures can be dangerous too. Workers at Y.V. Construction Corp. received numerous safety citations after safety inspectors discovered that employees were being exposed to scaffold and fall hazards while laying brick at a residential construction site. When Does OSHA Require Fall Protection? If employees are working on scaffolding more than 10 feet above a lower level, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to provide fall protection. OSHA-approved protections include personal fall-arrest systems or guardrail systems. Workers at YVC’s site were exposed to falls of up to 13 feet without any fall protection. Falls from as low as 6 feet can result in broken bones as well as brain and spinal injuries. Is Fall Protection Different for Bricklayers? Many of YVC’s offenses…
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