Fatality Cases Resolved – May 17, 2024

Here are the results of 10 workplace fatality cases that were recently finalized in settlement agreements between the respective employers and Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The Appeals Board approved the deals. Crushing Incidents Hi Grade Materials Co.: This Hesperia construction materials producer will pay $51,030 (68%) of Cal/OSHA’s proposed $75,000 for citations … Read More »

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Workplace Fatality Update – May 17, 2024

There are five new fatalities at California workplaces from late April and early May. In Fremont,  trucking company Santa Clara Transfer Service driver was hospitalized after falling from his truck. He died later that evening. The company has an EMR of 97; its workers’ comp coverage is with Insurance Company of the West. In Pittsburg, … Read More »

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Workplace Fatality Update – May 10, 2024

There are nine new California workplace fatalities. They include three struck-bys, two falls, two violent incidents, a crushing, and a case of harmful exposure. At least one of the deaths involved unlicensed contractors. A tree fell on an unlicensed tree trimmer, causing death by blunt force trauma. He died two days later. Cal/OSHA was not … Read More »

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Cal/OSHA Action in Fatality Cases

Here are the latest Cal/OSHA enforcement actions in 2023 fatality cases. The Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued citations for two serious and four other alleged violations in the September 7th death of Stephanie Cosme, 32. The test engineer for Sumaria Systems, a large defense contractor working at Gray Butte Airfield in Palmdale, was … Read More »

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Workplace Fatality Update – May 3, 2024

There are five new California workplace fatalities from mid-April. In Ontario, the owner operator of Superstar Trucking arrived at a job site. The semi he had been operating rolled toward the gate he was opening and ran over him.  Public records indicate the Chino-based company had one truck and one driver. In Santa Fe Springs, … Read More »

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Workplace Fatality Update – Apr 26, 2024

There are five new workplace fatalities in California from recent days. In Soledad, a tractor operator for Foothill Packing was cleaning a harvester when his clothes were caught in the chain drive of the machine, “causing strangulation,” according to Cal/OSHA’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health. The agricultural employer has an experience modification rating of … Read More »

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Fatality Cases and Lessons Learned

Cal/OSHA and employers have resolved three workplace fatality cases through settlement. Two of the cases are several years old and were concluded following the Bureau of Investigations’ weigh-in. In all three cases, the employers paid less than the proposed penalties. Arc Flash USS-Posco Industries, a Pittsburgh steel mill whose parent company is based in Pennsylvania, … Read More »

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Workplace Fatality Update – Apr 19, 2024

There are five new California workplace fatalities. Two are from falls and two others are from struck-bys. The fifth resulted from a crushing. In Fort Bragg, the owner of Makela Boat Works fell from a ladder and was found unresponsive. The owner was transported to medical facilities but died. The deceased is identified as Howard … Read More »

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