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Monday, May 21, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 19th

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending May 19th.

The following are based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA Cites Rite Aid For Fall, Crushing, Exit and Electrical Hazards ($111,100)
DiGioia-Suburban Excavating Cited For Workers Riding In Excavator Buckets ($123,750)
Western Extrusions Corp., Carrollton, TX Cited For Safety And Health Hazards ($212,000)

OSHA has cited Rite Aid of New York Inc. for alleged repeat and serious safety violations at the retailer's 7118 Third Ave. store in Brooklyn, N.Y. Rite Aid faces a total of $111,100 in proposed fines following an inspection by OSHA's Manhattan Area Office.

Several hazards in the Third Avenue location were found similar to those cited during inspections of Rite Aid stores in Bronx and Rome, N.Y. The recurring violations included shelves and boxes stored that blocked and narrowed an emergency exit route; unsecure piles of boxes subject to collapse; and workers exposed to falls of up to 10 feet with stacking boxes and totes on the unguarded edges of stairs. Three repeat citations totaled $104,500 in proposed penalties.

The Third Avenue store inspection also resulted in two serious safety citations, with $6,600 in fines, for a locked exit and lights not protected from damage.

The Rite Aid of New York citations are available at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/RiteAid.pdf*.

OSHA has cited North Royalton-based DiGioia-Suburban Excavating for two willful safety violations after discovering that workers were allowed to ride inside an excavator bucket to access a trench at a Bowling Green job site on Nov. 17, 2011. A complaint prompted OSHA's inspection of the site, where six workers were digging a trench to replace existing sanitary lines. Proposed fines total $123,750.

The willful violations include failing to prohibit workers from riding the excavator bucket to access the trench as well as provide a safe means of egress from the trench.

Detailed information on trenching and excavation hazards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DiGioia-SuburbanExcavatingLLC_109118_0515_12.pdf*.

Prior to this case, DiGioia-Suburban Excavating had undergone 15 inspections since 1989 and been cited for 46 violations. In the past, the company also has been mandated by OSHA to increase and document self-inspection efforts.

OSHA has cited Western Extrusions Corp., which employs about 900 workers, with two willful and 13 serious violations for exposing workers to a variety of safety and health hazards at its aluminum products manufacturing facility in Carrollton. OSHA's Dallas Area Office initiated an inspection Nov. 17 at the company's facility on Sandy Lake Road under the agency's National Emphasis Program for Amputations. Proposed penalties total $212,000.

The willful violations involve failing to implement lockout/tagout procedures for machines' energy sources to protect workers performing maintenance and setup activities, and provide guarding on press brakes.

The serious violations include failing to guard open-sided floors and platforms, provide personal protective equipment, properly label hazardous chemicals, ensure that isolation and de-energization procedures are followed, remove damaged synthetic web slings from service, provide guards around rotating and moving parts of machinery, establish die-setting procedures for mechanical power presses, guard chains and sprockets, provide hepatitis B vaccinations to workers and provide training on bloodborne pathogens.

Due to the willful violations and the nature of the hazards, OSHA has placed Western Extrusions Corp. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.  For more information on SVEP, visit http://s.dol.gov/J3.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Western-Extrusion-Corp.pdf*.

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Citation For The Week Ending May 12th
OSHA Citations For The Week Ending May 5th
OSHA Citations Week Ending April 28th

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posted by Steve Hudgik
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Blogger SteelFabCorp said...

Not using LOTO? What are they thinking? I'm terrified any time I need to reach into a machine that might start. There is no way I'd do something like that without being sure there was no chance it would move. Maybe it's because I'm old and have seen to many accidents happen when someone thought they could "get away" with a shortcut just this one time.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This company has not made enough changes. People still keep getting hurt and this place doesn't care for their employees safety.

4:33 AM  

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