Archives for April 2012

Upstate Company Fined $480K for Worker Protection Failure

The Federal Government recently issued a $480,000 fine for an Upstate company for the way it handled a waste cleanup project in Florida. Welch Group Environmental is based out of Belton. According the US Department of Labor, Welch Environmental neglected to protect their workers from exposure to unsafe levels of lead during a cleanup in Delray Beach, Fla. Federal investigators said the company failed to provide eye and head protection while workers were cleaning up lead. Eye and head protection reduce the employees’ exposure to lead, … [Read more...]

Nail Penetrates Man in the Back of the Head

A construction worker is lucky to be a live after being penetrated in the back of his head by a three inch nail. Jeff Lupak, 45, was working on a construction site in Bismark, North Dakota when the accident occurred. Lupak asked a colleague to hand him a 16 gauge nail gun. In the process of receiving the nail gun, the gun fired hitting Lupak in the back of the head with a nail. Amazingly, Lupak said he felt no pain, just stinging pain and slight pressure in the back of his head. Lupak was rushed to a hospital in Bismark. He was then … [Read more...]