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August 25, 2017 - Over 110 K In OSHA Fines For Felker Brothers Corp.
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August 25, 2017
Marshfield, WI  
 
A Wisconsin manufacturer of steel pipes and tubes faces $110,458 in proposed penalties after U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors responded to a complaint and found 13 serious safety and health violations at the company's Marshfield facility.
 
At least one employee at Felker Brothers Corp., was exposed to excessive levels of hexavalent chromium, which can cause serious health issues, and another worker suffered severe injuries after being struck by a moving piece of machinery, OSHA  determined.
 
"Welding and hot work on stainless steel, high chrome alloys, and chrome-coated metal is one of the most common ways workers are exposed to hexavalent chromium. Exposure can cause respiratory tract, skin, and eye irritation," said OSHA Area Director Chad Greenwood, in Madison.  
 
"Companies must monitor their facilities to ensure workplace health and safety procedures are effective."
 
In its investigation, OSHA determined that a grinder operator was exposed to hexavalent chromium at levels 1.78 percent higher than the permissible exposure limit. The company also reported a worker was hospitalized after suffering a shattered jaw and concussion when he was struck by a piece of machinery. OSHA found a lack of machine safety procedures including failing to adequately anchor equipment to the floor.
 
In addition, OSHA found the company used damaged cranes; altered forklifts without manufacturer's approval; failed to inspect jacks, and allowed combustible materials to be stored within 35 feet of welding and hot work.
 
Felker Brothers Corp. manufactures and custom fabricates stainless steel pipe, tubes, and fittings at manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and Kentucky.
 

 
 
Proposed penalties:  $110,458
   
 
 





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Game Wardens Investigate Boating Electrocutions
August 6, 2017 
Courtesy of WKLTV 
 
LAKE O' THE PINES, TX (KLTV) - East Texas game wardens say a boating accident involving power-lines took only seconds to kill two boy scouts on the boat, and send another to a hospital.
 
A preliminary investigation by game wardens indicates that the vessel the boys were sailing collided with an overhead transmission power line. 
 
"At this point, we don't have details as to how or where the boat was placed in the water. This was Troupe 620 of the Hallsville Boy Scouts Troupe.  It was a function of that troupe" says Captain Quint Balkcom of Texas Parks and Wildlife.
The three boys sailing the catamaran were ages 11, 16 and 18.
 
"With that type of vessel you do have a large mast," Balkcom says.
 
According to the game warden's office, it was an officially sanctioned scouting event. Sailing. But something went terribly wrong when they got near the power lines. Whether it was a gust of wind, or possibly misreading the current, the boat contacted the power lines.
 
Game wardens responded to find the vessel on fire with the sails up. A sight that visibly shook responders.
 
"Absolute chaos. Our officers were on the water in about 15 minutes. This is a terrible event, it absolutely is," the captain says.
 
Wardens discovered an 18-year-old male on board and a 16-year-old in the water a short distance away.
 
Both victims dead with severe bodily injuries.
 
"The boat was removed about 2 hours after the incident. It was placed in a secure holding facility. Right now we're looking at the hard facts that are here. The boat, to give us a full picture of what happened in this horrendous event," says Balkcom.
For lake residents, many who have children, the news was horrifying.
 
"I pray for the families that they get through this hard time. God bless them," said neighbor Jesse Arenas.
 
A third unresponsive 11-year-old victim was located in a boat nearby and was being provided CPR by good Samaritan's.
 
But the tragic image will stay with investigators.
 
"In 17 years I've seen a lot of events, my officers have seen them as well. We have children, we have loved ones, and there's a mental capacity to that to see something so terrible. Absolutely breaks my heart," Balkcom says.
 
The accident is being investigated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's statewide boating accident reconstruction and mapping team. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Lab Accident Sends One Person To Hospital
August 14, 2017 
Courtesy of Santa Fe New Mexican  
 
A main electrical line was accidentally cut in a building at Los Alamos National Laboratory, sending one person to the hospital for examination, shutting down power for several hours and pausing work for some electrical employees from Friday through Monday, according to sources familiar with the incident.
 
Kevin Roark, a lab spokesman, said there was "No shock event, no one injured, no medical attention needed" as a result of the incident. But people who spoke to The New Mexican on condition of anonymity said the accident  resulted in an electrical shock that sent one worker to the Los Alamos Medical Center.
 
Roark later said the worker was evaluated by Los Alamos Medical Center but reiterated "no medical attention needed."   
The medical center said it does not comment on patient records, citing a privacy law.
 
When asked if work had stopped at the lab as a result of the incident, Roark said: "Lab electrical work has resumed. Some subcontractor electrical work is still paused."
 
He did not answer questions on why subcontracted workers were not back to work.
 
The episode is the latest in a series of safety incidents that have occurred at the lab in recent months, including a fire in its plutonium facility in April that sent one worker to the hospital with second-degree burns. The lab also has a history of electrical incidents. At least 11 occurred between 2003 and 2015, according to previous reporting by The New Mexican, many causing injury to workers.
 
The most serious on record happened on May 3, 2015, when an electric arc flash occurred at the Neutron Science Center at Technical Area 53, injuring nine workers. Julian Trujillo, who was hurt the most severely, had a head injury and burns on more than 30 percent of his body.
 
Trujillo had intended to clean a switch gear with spray cleaner. But the cleaning product caused a reaction on equipment that should have been turned off, according to an incident report.
 
Early in 2015, another worker burned his hands after receiving an electrical shock while working at TA-55, causing work there to stop for two days.
 
The incident on Thursday occurred at Technical Area 35, where nuclear safeguards and development of lasers, physics and fusion materials, electrical energy and other science missions occur, according to the Los Alamos Study Group.
 
A person who spoke on the condition of anonymity said the recent accident occurred about 4 p.m. after a worker, contracted by Pueblo Electric, cut a main power line in building 87 of TA-35.
 
Greg Isaacs, president of Pueblo Electric, a Los Alamos-based company that contracts with the lab, said when contacted by a reporter: "There was nobody injured. There was nobody shocked."
 
He declined to comment further, except to say, "I am not sure I am allowed to even talk under the LANL contract."
 
The Los Alamos Police Department said it did not respond to the incident, but the fire department did.
 
Barb Ricci, a records custodian for Los Alamos County, said she could not provide incident reports immediately, even though the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act states that available records must be turned over immediately, or "as soon as is practicable under the circumstances." She said lab policy dictates all requested records first be reviewed by the lab, which is at least a three-day process.
 
Greg Wolf, a spokesman for the National Nuclear Security Administration, said he was still looking into The New Mexican's question about what action the federal agency was taking and when it was informed about the incident.
 
 
 
 
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