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Indiana OSHA Gets Dismal Report Card

Indiana is not the safest place to work. That’s according to a federal investigation which found that Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA) mishandled complaints, inhibited investigations and discouraged whistle-blowers. And workplace safety experts say the litany of problems documented in the federal investigators’ 19-page report could put the health and safety of Indiana workers at risk. Part of the negative safety record is due to decisions made by IOSHA, including decisions to: Implement inspection quotas that deterred complex investigations. Forgo inspection of the Sensient Flavors plant after an employee was shocked and hospitalized. Forgo investigation of an explosion at Indianapolis...

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Construction Workers Vulnerable to Injuries and Premature Death

New research from the Center for Construction Research and Training, affiliated with the AFL-CIO, indicates that almost all construction workers will have at least one work-related injury during their lifetime and are at greater risk of dying prematurely. Researchers drew from multiple years of data from national sources, including the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries. According to CCRT researchers, in a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 75 percent chance of experiencing a disabling injury, and a 1-in-200 chance of a fatal injury on the job. Furthermore, someone who begins construction work at age 20 and lives until the age of...

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New Regulations Aimed at Ensuring Safety of Temporary Outdoor Stages

The Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission has OK’d temporary regulations that cover the 2012 fair and festival season. These are the state's first rules concerning the kind of temporary outdoor stage rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse, which killed seven people and injured nearly 60 others. The new regulations are for outdoor stage rigging structures that hold overhead lighting, sound and other equipment. The regulations cover only those structures not connected to a permanent stage, and which are in place for no more than 45 days in any single year. Although state law had long...

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Richard Lowe Dies After Falling From Grain Bin During Inspection

The owner of a company that inspects and repairs old farm structures died Wednesday after being struck by a piece of machinery and falling from a grain bin.  69-year old, Richard B. Lowe, of Darlington fell to his death from a grain bin Wednesday afternoon at Davidson Farm, 5496 S. C.R. 310 E., Crawfordsville.  Around 2:30 p.m. on May 30, Ladoga Rescue responded to the call at Davidson Farm and contacted the Sheriff's Department and Coroner shortly after arriving. According to Chief Deputy Ryan Needham, Richard Lowe fell roughly 35 feet from the roof and struck his head.  On Wednesday, Lowe...

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Excavator pins and kills construction worker David Anderson at work site

INDIANAPOLIS — An excavator weighing an estimated 20 tons backed into and killed a construction worker at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning while placing concrete barriers in a construction zone at I-465 and Allisonville Road. David Anderson, 33, of Brownsburg, Ind., was one of two workers assisting the excavator driver in placing the barriers when the excavator backed into him and pinned him against a barrier. Anderson died at the scene. "It was just an unfortunate accident," said Ray Poole of the Indiana State Police. No criminal charges are expected, but the Indiana State Police will be reconstructing the accident. No weather or...

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William M. Harrison of West Lafayette Dies in Construction Accident in Shadeland, Indiana

A 911 phone call from a lot near 300 South and Henry Street in Shadeland came into the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department shortly before 9:28 a.m. Wednesday morning, stating that a concrete mixer had rolled into a pool.  According to Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Ron Faith, construction crews were trying to fill a dug out pool with concrete when the earth embankment caved in and the truck overturned into the pool.  William M. Harrison, of West Lafayette was in the pool and was trapped under the truck when it rolled on top of him.  Mr. Harrison was pronounced dead...

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Construction worker Juan Rosas killed in multivehicle crash

On October 5, 2011, at approximately 1:00 p.m., Juan-Hernandez Rosas was killed in a multi vehicle crash while working as a traffic flagman for a construction crew installing a beam on I-465 over 30th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana. At the time of the accident it has been reported that Mr. Rosas was holding a “slow” sign in the roadway. He was hit by a Hyundai, and then multiple other vehicles were also involved in the crash. It has further been reported that the occupants of the Hyundai were ejected from the vehicle by the impact of the collision. Mr. Rosas was 43 at...

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