Snow Plugs Exhaust and Kills Mother and Son

Felix Bonilla had no idea, when he left his home that day that it would end so tragically. When he got stuck in the massive snow storm that hit New Jersey among other states this past weekend, Felix left his family inside the car to keep warm while he tried to clear the snow in order to get moving again.

No one seemed to notice that the snow was blocking the tail pipe pushing causing deadly Carbon Monoxide to back up into the car. When Felix when to check on his family he found his wife and two children unresponsive.

Neighbors tried to perform CPR as paramedics rushed to the scene. Mrs. Bonilla and their 1-year old son was later pronounced dead. Their 3-year old daughter is currently in critical condition, fighting for her life.

With severe winter storms this winter, it’s important for people to realize that the tail pipe of the vehicle needs to be properly cleared if the vehicle is running. Even if no one is in the vehicle, carbon monoxide can still accumulate and cause the driver problems when he or she gets back into the vehicle. Always check to make sure the exhaust is clear before starting up the car when there is snow around it.


Can Cinnamon Kill Your Child?

What kid doesn’t like cinnamon toast? Who doesn’t enjoy cinnamon rolls? Problem is that kids see cinnamon and start to associate it with the kind of foods they enjoy but cinnamon by itself can be fatal if inhaled. Watch the following video and, as soon as you’re done, go lock up the cinnamon.


Death on the Job

A new report published on the website gives a national and a state-by-state profile of worker safety and health. The 216 page report entitled “Death on the Job the Toll of Neglect” gives a ton of information and data.

dotj_cover_2015_mediumThere’s a lot of reading that gives a lot of numbers and statistics but once you get through that there are a number of very telling and interesting charts and graphs that tell the story better.

Then, look up your state to see where it ranks with other states.

Bowling Lane Worker Strangled by Pin Setting Machine


According to a press release from OSHA, a bowling lane worker was strangled to death by his own hooded sweatshirt. His sweatshirt got caught in the pin setting machine asphyxiating the 53-year-old worker, husband, father and grandfather.

The pin setting machine did not have the machine guard in place. OSHA issued 8 safety violations related to the pin setting machines.

Northwest Lanes, according to OSHA, had no lockout/tagout program in place to prevent machines from starting while workers were still working on them.

Here’s the original OSHA press release.

Randall Miller Pleads Guilty to Involuntary Manslaughter

Randall Miller, the director who was filming a movie entitled “Midnight Rider” about the life of singer/songwriter Greg Allman, has pleaded guilty to criminal trespassing and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Sarah Jones.

Sarah Jones, a camera assistant, was struck and killed by a train on a trestle where Randall Miller had set up set. Randall Miller hadn’t obtained permission to be there and hadn’t checked train schedules to make sure that his film crew wouldn’t be at risk. As it turns out, a freight train was scheduled. At the time a hospital bed was on the tracks on the trestle. Crew tried to get out of the way of the on-coming train. Sarah was struck by the bed and thrown into the train. Eight other crew members were injured.

Randall Miller was sentenced to two-years of jail time, eight years probation and $20,000 in fines. In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecution agreed to drop all charges against Miller’s wife and business partner, Jody Savin.

Sarah Jones death raised awareness of the dangers that are often ignored on movie sets. A website that seeks to get all cast and crew of movie sets to commit to making safety the most important priority on any and all movie sets they might work on.

Read more about Sarah Joneses story, including a short video clip of the accident.

Death of Exotic Dancer Raises Interesting Issues for OSHA

In what can only be called an unusual case for OSHA, they find themselves investigating the fatality of an exotic dancer in Cleveland.

Lauren Block was an exotic dancer at Christie’s Cabaret in Cleveland. While giving a lap dance to one of the customers she grabbed the railing behind the man and tried to make some kind of dance move that resulted in her loosing her balance and plunging 15 feet, head first to the floor below. She was rushed to the hospital with major head trauma and died a week later.

Part of the OSHA investigation has to do with whether or not exotic dancers like Lauren are employees or independent contractors. If they are found to be the latter, OSHA would have no jurisdiction as independent contractors aren’t covered by OSHA.

You can read the complete story about Lauren Block’s death on the Huffington Post online news.

CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion

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CSB Deploys Team to El Dorado, Arkansas to Investigate Fatal Hot Work Explosion

May 22, 2012

Washington, DC May 22, 2012 The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) today deployed a four-person investigation team to El Dorado, Arkansas to determine the cause of an explosion and fire that severely burned and killed three workers.
The accident occurred yesterday, May 21, 2012, mid-afternoon on an oil tank site operated by Long Brothers Oil Company on land the company leased near El Dorado, in the southernmost part of the state. Preliminary information gathered by the CSB indicates workers were conducting hot work defined as any burning, cutting, welding or other operation that is capable of initiating fires or explosions on one of the tanks. The CSB team is expected to begin its investigation on site tomorrow morning.

CSB Chairman Rafael Moure-Eraso said, This unfortunate tragedy in Arkansas involving the deaths of three workers is the kind of hot work accident that occurs much too frequently. The CSB has investigated too many of these accidents which can be prevented by carefully monitoring for flammable vapor before and during hot work. We have released a safety bulletin and safety video on the hazards of welding or cutting around piping and tanks that have not been tested or monitored to see if they contain flammable hydrocarbons.

The bulletin, released in February 2010, is entitled, Seven Key Lessons to Prevent Worker Deaths During Hot Work In and Around Tanks: Effective Hazard Assessment and Use of Combustible Gas Monitoring Will Save Lives.

The video, Hot Work: Hidden Hazards, is available at or at It was released along with the final report on the DuPont Buffalo, New York facility explosion and fire that occurred November 9, 2010, killing a contract worker and injuring another. The CSB determined the explosion was caused by sparks in a welding operation taking place atop a storage tank that contained flammable vinyl chloride. While the atmosphere above the tank was tested for flammable vapor, the CSB said a root cause of the accident was the failure to monitor the interior of the tank.

The CSB is an independent federal agency charged with investigating serious chemical accidents. The agency’s board members are appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. CSB investigations look into all aspects of chemical accidents, including physical causes such as equipment failure as well as inadequacies in regulations, industry standards, and safety management systems.

The Board does not issue citations or fines but does make safety recommendations to plants, industry organizations, labor groups, and regulatory agencies such as OSHA and EPA. Visit our website,

For more information, contact CSB Communications Manager Hillary Cohen, cell 202-441-2980 or Sandy Gilmour, cell 202-251.5496. NOTE: Ms. Cohen is deploying with the team and will be on site in El Dorado.


Career Construction Worker has a 0.5% chance of dying on the job

Next time you drive by a construction site and see 200 people at work realize that one of them will never live to see retirement. That’s the latest findings published in a press release published by the American Public Health Association. In addition, the findings tell us that “Nearly all construction workers will experience one or more work-related injuries or illnesses over a lifetime” 75% of workers that have a 45-year career in construction work will be victims of some type of disabling injury.

Hispanic construction workers have a 20% higher risk of dying on the job than do non-hispanic workers.

View the complete press release and click on the links at the bottom of the page to find out more.

Workplace Fatalities by Occupation

We have all enjoyed “Deadliest Catch” on the discovery channel and have all sat anxiously watching hoping no one gets injured or killed on this week’s episode (Strange what we call entertainment sometimes). While the show is exciting to watch, discovery might just as well head out to their local farm, airstrip or nearest logging work site where fatalities continue to range much higher than the rest of other occupations.

What are the most dangerous jobs out there? According to the US Department of Labor statistics of 2007, the top 20 most dangerous jobs are:

Occupation Fatality rate
1.  Fishers and related fishing workers


2.  Logging


3.  Logging workers


4.  Fishing, hunting, and trapping


5.  Aircraft pilots and flight engineers


6.  Structural iron and steel workers

45. 5

7.  Farmers and ranchers


8.  Water transportation


9.  Coal mining


10. Roofers


11. Electrical power-line installers and repairers


12. Support activities for mining


13. Truck transportation


14. Driver/sales workers and truck drivers


15. Crop production


16. Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations


17. Refuse and recyclable material collectors


18. Police and sheriff’s patrol officers


19. Taxi and limousine service


20. Waste management and remediation services


The Fatality rate represents the number of fatal occupational injuries per 100,000 employed workers and was calculated as follows: (N/W) x 100,000, where N = the number of fatal work injuries, and W = the number of employed workers.

In the words of Phil Collins… “And so it would seem we’ve still got a long, long way to go!”