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Thursday, April 08, 2010

MIOSHA Cites V&S Detroit Galvanizing and Proposes $245,000 in Penalties

Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) Director Stanley "Skip" Pruss today announced the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has cited V&S Detroit Galvanizing LLC, of Redford, following a fatal accident, with $245,000 in proposed penalties for allegedly failing to adequately protect employees during overhead crane operations.

On Nov. 3, 2009, V&S Detroit Galvanizing employees were attaching parts to be galvanized onto two 1½ ton racks (steel I-beams). The racks were supported by rack stands. A crane operator moved the first rack up and over employees who were hanging parts on the second rack. The crane clipped the rack stands, causing the remaining rack to fall. A temporary employee, Darryl Johnson, was caught and crushed under the weight of the rack, resulting in his death.

"This tragic workplace fatality could have been prevented. V&S Detroit Galvanizing knew their rack system was unstable, and yet they continued to expose their employees to daily hazards during overhead crane operations, which led to the death of this worker," said Pruss. "This failure to protect their workers will not be tolerated. We are sending a clear message to all employers that they must be proactive and consistently protect their workers."

V&S Detroit Galvanizing LLC, of Redford, employs approximately 39 employees, with some employees represented by Teamsters Local 299. The plant is over 50,000 square feet and does hot dip galvanizing of all types of metal parts, for a wide variety of industries.

On Oct. 21, 2008, a V&S Detroit employee received multiple fractures to his left leg in a very similar incident. A rack that was loaded with parts fell on him and crushed his leg as a crane lifted another rack off the same supporting pair of rack stands. "This accident should have been a warning to the company to alter their procedures to protect their workers," said Pruss.

In V&S Detroit's normal racking procedure there are two rackers, a crane operator and a hi-lo operator. This is a permanent operation at the facility and the company had several alternatives available to protect their workers:

* They could have bolted the rack stands to the concrete floor in order to prevent them from moving when the first stand is lifted.
* They could have changed the set up so that only a single rack was supported by a rack stand.
* They could also have required employees to move to the side of the building when a crane was lifting and moving a rack.

General Industry Safety Standard, Part 18, Overhead and Gantry Cranes, is a comprehensive standard that covers the equipment, installation, maintenance, and operation of top running overhead and gantry single and multiple girder cranes in, about, and around places of employment, in order to safeguard employees. It also details the necessary employee training and certification that employers must provide.

From Nov. 3, 2009, to Feb. 11, 2010, MIOSHA conducted the fatality investigation, as well as a companion investigation at V&S Detroit Galvanizing LLC. As a result of these two investigations, MIOSHA is issuing citations for 10 alleged violations of MIOSHA regulations. The combined citations for both investigations include seven Serious and three Willful Serious violations. The combined penalty for both investigations is $245,000.

The responsibility to protect employees lies with the employer. It is anticipated that issuing these citations will cause the employer to strengthen their safety and health efforts by maintaining corrections. (The Summary of Violations for both cases are below.)

"MIOSHA is committed to helping employers who want to do the right thing. Our Consultation Education and Training (CET) Division can help employers build an effective safety and health system," said MIOSHA Director Doug Kalinowski. "However, MIOSHA will not tolerate employers who place their employees at risk of injury or death and will take appropriate enforcement action to protect workers."

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