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Monday, May 14, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 12th

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending May 12th.

The following are based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA Cites Massachusetts Packaging Manufacturer Following Fatality ($130,300)
Ware Milling in Georgia Cited After Worker Trapped In Cotton Bin ($157,500)
OSHA Proposes Fines For Scaffolding Hazards At Quality Stone Veneer ($154,440)
Hazards at West Caldwell, NJ, Laundry Facility Result In OSHA Citations ($186,000)

OSHA has cited Horn Packaging Corp. for 12 alleged safety violations following the death of a worker at the Lancaster-based packaging manufacturer's facility. The worker was fatally injured on Nov. 7, 2011, while operating a corrugated box-making machine when he became entangled in an unguarded drive shaft that provides power to the machine.

A willful citation was issued for a violation involving the unguarded shaft, which lacked proper protection to prevent workers from being exposed to its moving parts.

Additionally, 11 serious violations involve a failure to prevent other machine guarding hazards, develop and implement a written chemical hazard communication program, provide worker training, cover electrical junction boxes and address several deficiencies in the hazardous energy control program, which is designed to prevent machinery from unintentionally starting up during maintenance.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/HornPackagingCo_315516005_0502_12.pdf.

OSHA has cited Ware Milling Co. Inc. for 30 safety and health violations at the company's Waycross facility. Proposed penalties total $157,500.

OSHA initiated an inspection in November 2011 after receiving a complaint that a worker had entered a milled cotton seed bin without preparation and appropriate equipment, and became trapped and hung from a lanyard for a lengthy time. The worker experienced leg numbness exerted by the pressure of the safety harness and fell more than 10 feet onto the top of the cotton seed mill pile after rope was cut.

OSHA issued two willful safety violations include failing to perform lockout/tagout procedures for the energy source of the screw auger when workers are inside the bins and failing to have a stationed observer who can provide emergency assistance.

Twenty-four serious safety and health violations include:
  • failing to select appropriate personal protective equipment and train workers on how it should fit
  • develop an emergency action plan
  • provide rescue equipment when workers enter the bins
  • provide respirators to workers and use engineering controls during exposure to unregulated particulates
  • properly guard stairways, open-sided platforms, pulleys and belts; prevent combustible dust accumulation
  • address electrical deficiencies
  • develop and implement a hazard communication program
  • label chemicals in the workplace and provide training on their usage
Four other-than-serious health violations involve failing to maintain OSHA's 300 log for 2011, provide Appendix D to workers wearing dust masks and certify workers' forklift operation training.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/WareMillingCompanyInc_314096355_0502_12.pdf and

OSHA has cited Refton, PA-based Quality Stone Veneer Inc. with eight safety violations, including one willful, for scaffolding hazards found during stone installation activities at a residential construction site in Hegins. OSHA has proposed $154,440 in penalties following an inspection that was initiated after a compliance officer driving by the site observed workers on a scaffold that lacked fall protection measures.

The willful violation is failing to implement a fall arrest system or provide guardrails for employees working on a scaffold more than 10 feet above the next lower level. The citation carries a $69,300 penalty.

Three repeat violations involve a failure to fully plank or deck platforms on all working levels of the scaffold; provide a safe means of access to and from scaffold platforms that are more than 2 feet above or below an access point; and provide competent supervision and direction whenever a scaffold is erected, moved, dismantled or altered. The citations carry penalties of $69,300. Similar violations were cited in 2011 at a site in Falling Waters, W.Va.

Four serious violations involve failing to ensure that scaffold platforms extend at least 6 inches over the centerline support; brace scaffold frames and panels to secure vertical members together laterally; and have a qualified person train workers who use scaffolds as well as workers who erect, disassemble, move, operate, repair, maintain or inspect scaffolds. The citations carry penalties of $15,840.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/QualityStoneVeneer_315798587_05-03-12.pdf*.

Detailed information on scaffold hazards and safe work practices, including an interactive e-tool, is available online at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/scaffolding/index.html.

OSHA has cited Wilmington, MA.-based UniFirst Corp., a uniform and laundry service, for seven serious safety and health violations, including some involving bloodborne pathogen and lead exposure hazards, at its West Caldwell facility. A complaint alleging hazards prompted OSHA's inspection. Proposed penalties total $186,000.

Three willful violations involve a failure to conduct proper training and provide hepatitis B vaccinations, as well as to have engineering and work practice controls in place to eliminate or minimize exposure to bloodborne pathogens. The citations carry $165,000 in penalties.

Four serious violations involve a locked emergency door, a lack of training on fire extinguisher use, lead-contaminated surfaces, inadequate training on OSHA's lead standard and not providing gloves to workers exposed to potentially contaminated clothing. The citations carry $21,000 in penalties.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/UnifirstCorporation_315956458_04_12.pdf*.

UniFirst Corp., which employs 35 workers at the West Caldwell facility.

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Citations For The Week Ending May 5th
OSHA Citations Week Ending April 28th
OSHA Major Citations For The Week Ending April 21nd

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