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Monday, April 09, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending April 7th

Summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week of April 1st.

The following are based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA Cites Bath Iron Works For Safety Violations ($171,000)
OSHA cites A.M. Castle & Co. For Asbestos Removal Violations ($127,000)
OSHA Proposes Fines Against Ohio-based American Showa ($151,300)

OSHA has cited A.M. Castle & Co. with 22 serious health violations after an inspection, initiated upon receiving a complaint, determined that workers were exposed to asbestos during the removal of insulation without the use of safety precautions at a site in Franklin Park. Additionally, six record-keeping and one other-than-serious asbestos violations were found. Proposed penalties total $127,600.

The violations include failing to determine the presence, location and quantity of asbestos-containing or presumed asbestos-containing material; affix labeling and warning notices on asbestos-containing piping; provide a regulated area for asbestos removal operations; monitor employees and the work area for asbestos exposure during the removal process; and use a high-efficiency particulate air – or HEPA – vacuum to collect debris and dust during removal. Additionally, asbestos awareness training was not provided to employees performing the work, and respirators were not used. Finally, the employer did not provide or require the use of protective clothing or a decontamination room or area for workers. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

The record-keeping violations involve failing to properly complete the OSHA 300 and 301 injury and illness logs for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011. An other-than-serious citations was also issued for failing to make a copy of the agency's asbestos standard and its appendices available to employees.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AMCastleCo_107725_032812.pdf*.

OSHA has cited Bath Iron Works, a General Dynamics company, for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at its Bath shipyard. The shipbuilder faces a total of $171,300 in proposed fines following a safety inspection by OSHA's Augusta Area Office.

The inspection, which was conducted under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program and a local emphasis program focusing on hazards in ship- and boat-building and repair, identified a variety of fall, mechanical and electrical hazards. These included workers exposed to falls from a lack of fall protection as well as unguarded roof edges and floor holes and openings; tripping and fall hazards from walkways obstructed by materials, equipment, hoses and service cords; an unqualified employee operating an overhead crane; defective and uninspected lifting slings; uninspected lift trucks; unguarded electrical equipment; exposed and damaged electrical sheathing; and the improper storage of flammable chemicals.

As a result of its inspection, OSHA cited Bath Iron Works for three alleged repeat violations with $93,500 in fines and 15 serious violations with $77,800 in fines.  In this case, the repeat violations are similar to tripping and fall hazards cited in 2008.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/GeneralDynamics_315976324_0329_12.pdf*.

OSHA has cited American Showa Inc. with 13 safety and health violations – including two willful violations for assigning maintenance personnel to work on energized equipment without personal protective gear and failing to train workers to recognize unsafe electrical work practices. Proposed fines total $151,300.

OSHA initially opened an inspection of the company's automotive parts manufacturing facility in Blanchester on Nov. 6, 2011, under the agency's National Emphasis Program for Amputations, and then expanded it to a joint safety and health inspection to examine the facility's aluminum die-casting operations.

The willful safety violations are for failing to train workers on safe electrical working practices for voltage testing and the use of required personal protective equipment.

Seven serious safety violations involve failing to provide adequate machine guarding; ensure that workers locked out all energy sources while making repairs inside robot enclosures; de-energize a robot trim press to perform repairs; replace missing grounding prongs on conductive metal-framed pedestal fans that could have become energized; and close unused openings on electrical boxes.

One other-than-serious safety violation is failing to develop adequate and understandable confined space permits. Three other-than-serious health violations involve not labeling spray bottles with the identity of dangerous chemicals and hazard warnings, as well as not mounting portable fire extinguishers.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/americanshowa_107658_107482_032712.pdf*.

Sunbury-based American Showa Inc. has plants in Sunbury and Blanchester, as well as Corona, Calif. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
Summary of OSHA Citations For Week Of March 19th
Summary Of OSHA Citations For Week Of March 12th
$422,600 In Proposed OSHA Fines For Noise and Energized Equipment Hazards

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