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November 2013 Archives

2 industrial workers hurt at Aerojet Rocketdyne in California

On Tuesday, Nov. 19, an explosion rocked workers at Aerojet Rocketdyne in northern California. Two industrial workers were injured in the explosion. It took the company four hours to ensure that there was no further danger to the surrounding area or employees at the plant.

Workplace injuries of temporary workers may be preventable

Temporary workers have been used in so-called "white collar" professions for decades. Now, the number of temporary workers in California and around the country has grown in nearly every profession and industry, and the workplace injuries that some of these workers face are much worse than a paper cut. The number of temporary workers that suffer serious injury or are even killed on-the-job is increasing, and OSHA is responding with new initiatives to keep temporary workers safe while working.

Workplace accident caused ban on contact with killer whales

California SeaWorld fans may remember that on Feb. 24, 2010, one of SeaWorld's killer whales drowned a seasoned trainer. When OSHA came in to conduct its investigation, it was determined that SeaWorld knew there was a risk to the human trainers before the workplace accident, yet continued to put its employees in danger. As a result, contact between the whales and their trainers was banned.

OSHA issues 6 citations in performer's fatal workplace accident

Most California readers know of the world famous Cirque du Soleil and some may have attended a performance in late June during which a performer died. OSHA says it discovered six violations during the subsequent investigation into this workplace accident. A spokesperson for Cirque du Soleil has indicated that it will appeal the violations.

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