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Monday, May 07, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 5th

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending May 5th.

The following are based on press releases from OSHA.


OSHA Cites Adams Thermal Systems After Worker Crushed ($210,000)
OSHA Fines Kamps Inc For Lack Of Hearing Conservation Program ($101,000)
Johnson Controls Battery Group Cited For Exposing Workers To Hazards ($188,600)
Sorrento Lactalis Cited For Repeat And Serious Hazards At Buffalo, NY, Plant ($241,000)

OSHA Cites Gordy's Pump Service, Spring Valley WI, After Trench Collapse ($137,000)
Nabors Drilling USA Cited For Hazards At Two Oil Drilling Sites In Texas ($152,100)
OSHA Proposes Fines Against Newport, RI, Contractor For Cave-in Hazards ($117,000)


OSHA has issued Adams Thermal Systems Inc. of Canton three citations for willful safety violations that expose workers to unsafe conditions at the engine cooling systems manufacturing facility. OSHA's inspection was initiated after an employee was fatally crushed while operating equipment on Nov. 7, 2011.

The violations are failing to develop energy control procedures, provide machine guarding and effectively train employees on recognizing hazardous energy and taking safety precautions.

Due to the willful nature of the violations, OSHA has placed Adams Thermal Systems in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

The facility previously had been inspected four times by OSHA. In 2004, an employee lost four fingers in a machine guarding-related incident and OSHA cited the employer with a willful violation for failing to provide adequate guarding. In 2011, an investigation was initiated after an employee had several fingers crushed while operating a press, and OSHA cited a serious violation for failing to provide adequate protection.

Proposed penalties for the most recent citations total $210,000. To view the citations, visit: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AdamsThermalSystemsCitations2012.pdf.

Adams Thermal Systems, which employs about 720 workers, has 15 business days from receipt of the 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.


OSHA has cited Kamps Inc. for 10 safety and health- including one willful - violations at its Versailles, Ohio wood pallet manufacturing facility. OSHA's inspection was initiated on Nov. 4, 2011, under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which expands the scope of a routine inspection to cover all hazards associated with the employer's industry. Proposed fines total $101,000.

The willful safety violation involves a lack of audiometric testing to determine workers' exposure to noise greater than 85 decibels for a time-weighted average of eight hours.

One serious health violation is failing to provide workers with hearing conservation training and the appropriate hearing protection. Four serious safety violations involve failing to use equipment in a manner consistent with labels, provide safety training to maintenance workers performing live electrical work, ensure that authorized workers conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures and provide personal protective equipment for employees performing electrical work.

Four other-than-serious health and safety violations involve failing to post OSHA's hearing conservation standard, provide a selection of hearing protection options, ensure that lockout devices indicate the identity of the workers applying the devices and ensure that the path to ground on branch electrical circuits is maintained.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Kamps-108617-108713-0423-12.pdf.

Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Kamps Inc. employs approximately 500 workers across the Midwest.



OSHA has cited Johnson Controls Battery Group Inc. for 11 alleged health violations - including one willful and two repeat - following an Oct. 25 inspection that was initiated based on a complaint. Inspectors found workers overexposed to lead at the company's Holland plant due to a lack of engineering controls and poor housekeeping practices. Proposed fines total $188,600.

The willful violation is allowing workers to sweep lead particles with brooms and brushes, which can result in greater lead exposure than the preferred method of vacuuming.

The first repeat violation involves employee exposed to lead over the permissible exposure level The second repeat violation involves inadequate housekeeping in the pasting department. Similar violations were cited in 2011 at the company's Tampa, Fla., location.

Additionally, eight serious violations include exposing workers to ingoing nip points on the pasting lines as well as various violations of the lead standards, including a lack of adequate personal protective equipment, such as face shields and hand protection for employees working with molten lead; improperly worn respirators in an area where the permissible exposure limit for lead is exceeded; allowing lead-contaminated work boots to be stored in locker rooms where employees change into street shoes; failing to conduct air monitoring for employees exposed to lead for more than eight hours; and ensuring that workers wash their hands to remove contaminants prior to eating.

The citations may be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/JohnsonControlBatteryGroup_108096_0424_12.pdf.

Due to the willful and repeat violations, OSHA has placed Johnson Controls Battery Group Inc. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

Johnson Controls Battery Group is a division of Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Johnson Controls Inc., which manufactures automotive batteries and advanced batteries for start-stop, hybrid and electric vehicles. Johnson Controls Inc. has manufacturing, recycling and distribution centers worldwide, and employs more than 140,000 workers. The Holland plant employs more than 400 workers.


OSHA has cited Sorrento Lactalis Inc. for 13 alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace health and safety standards at its Buffalo production facility. The cheese manufacturer faces a total of $241,000 in proposed fines. An inspection by OSHA's Buffalo Area Office identified several deficiencies in the plant's process safety management program, a detailed set of requirements and procedures employers must follow to proactively address hazards associated with processes and equipment involving large amounts of hazardous chemicals. The chemical in this case was anhydrous ammonia, which is used in the plant's refrigeration system.

OSHA found a lack of procedures and tests to maintain the ongoing mechanical integrity of process equipment, no written procedures to manage changes to the equipment, incomplete written operating procedures and a failure to document that process equipment complies with recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices. These conditions resulted in the issuance of five repeat citations with $192,500 in proposed penalties.  OSHA cited Sorrento Lactalis in 2008 and 2011 for similar hazards at its Nampa, Idaho, plant.

Eight serious citations with $48,500 in proposed fines were issued for not conducting equipment inspections consistent with good engineering practices, not updating process safety information and using an unsecured electrical cable, as well as a lack of "lockout/tagout" (LOTO) procedures, inspections and training to isolate the energy sources of machinery to prevent unintended activation during maintenance work.

The citations to Sorrento Lactalis can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/SorrentoLactalisinc_316029602_0423_12.pdf.

OSHA has cited River Falls-based Gordy's Pump Service with five safety violations, including two willful violations, as the result of an inspection conducted after a worker died when an unprotected trench collapsed at a Spring Valley job site on Nov. 3, 2011.

Another worker had just finished locating an existing waterline in the trench using a hand-held shovel when a sidewall caved in. The trench was approximately 220 feet long, 6 feet deep and 2 feet wide. The other worker was not injured.

The Republic reports that: "Company owner Jason Schaar says he disagrees with some of the details in OSHA's account. He says he has requested a conference with the agency. Schaar also says the death was an accident, and that just because an accident happens, that doesn't mean someone was at fault."

OSHA states that the willful violations include failing to provide required cave-in protection and a means of egress from the trench.

Three serious violations include failing to ensure the use of head protection, keep spoil piles at least 2 feet back from the excavation's edge and train employees working in trenches to recognize excavation hazards.

OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse. Information on trenching and excavation hazards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html.

Due to the willful violations, OSHA has placed Gordy's Pump Service in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/GordysPumpService_108561_04-30-2012.pdf.

Proposed fines for the citations total $137,000. Gordy's Pump Service 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.


OSHA has cited Houston-based Nabors Drilling USA L.P. with three serious, four repeat and three alleged other-than-serious violations for exposing workers to numerous safety and health hazards at one oil rig drilling site in the city of Beaumont and a second in Liberty County. Proposed penalties total $152,100.

OSHA began its investigation of both oil drilling rigs on Nov. 17, 2011, as part of the agency's regional emphasis program on the oil and gas industry. The OSHA inspectors found that platforms were not properly guarded, emergency escape lines were kinked and eye wash stations did not function properly, among other hazards.

The serious violations include failing to follow manufacturers' safety requirements for emergency escape lines, provide guardrails on walkways next to hazardous equipment and adequately maintain a derrick ladder.

The repeat violations include failing to guard floor holes, provide a guardrail system or equivalent fall protection at other openings, and provide access to emergency eyewash and shower stations. Similar violations were cited at a Corpus Christi oil rig in 2009.

The other-than-serious violations include failing to ensure the proper use of electrical equipment and maintain the required injury and illness record-keeping logs.

The citations can be viewed at
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Nabors-Drilling-USA-LP-316065416-0503-12.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Nabors-Drilling-USA-LP-316065440-0503-12.pdf.

Nabors Drilling employs about 7,000 workers nationwide.


OSHA has proposed fines totaling $117,740 against Newport-based Raymond J. Cawley Contracting Inc. for allowing cave-in and other hazards while workers were excavating at 28 W. Main Road in Middletown to replace a sewer line.

An OSHA inspection found two workers in an 8-foot-deep trench improperly shored or sloped to prevent sidewalls from caving in. Excavated materials were placed at the edge of the trench, which also lacked a sufficiently tall ladder that workers could use to exit swiftly and safely. Additionally, the workers were not wearing protective helmets, which exposed them to being struck by an operating backhoe's bucket and the material falling out of it. Finally, the employer failed to adequately train workers to recognize hazards and to have the trench inspected by someone with the authority to correct any hazards found.

As a result of OSHA's inspection, citations have been issued for a willful violation – the unguarded trench – carrying a $70,000 fine; two repeat citations, with $18,480 in fines, for a ladder of inadequate length and a lack of protective helmets; and six serious citations, with $29,260 in fines, for remaining items.

Similar citations were issued in 2008 for violations at a Newport job site.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Cawley314920224_FINAL.pdf.
OSHA standards require that trenches or excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse. Information on trenching and excavation hazards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html.


Related Past Posts:
OSHA Citations Week Ending April 28th
OSHA Major Citations For The Week Ending April 21nd
OSHA Major Citations For Week Ending April 15th

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