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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, May 28, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 26th

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending May 26th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA  Cites Raani Corp., Including Failing To Provide Emergency Care ($473,000)

OSHA has cited Raani Corp. for failing to seek emergency medical treatment after a worker incurred chemical burns at the Bedford Park, Ill., manufacturing plant on Nov. 17. The worker died from his injuries on Dec. 8. The company has been cited with 14 safety violations, including six willful violations.

OSHA received a referral from the Cook County medical examiner indicating that a worker had died from burn injuries caused by high-temperature water and a solution that erupted while the worker was beneath an open tank hatch. An investigation determined that the company failed to call 911 to seek emergency medical treatment and neglected to wash the worker in the available safety shower. The worker was transferred to a local occupational health clinic in a co-worker's vehicle more than 30 minutes after the injury.

Six willful violations have been cited for failing to utilize available emergency care; provide, require and train workers on the proper use of protective clothing; provide eye, face and hand protection when handling high-temperature liquid and hazardous chemicals; and failing to provide hazard communication training to workers exposed to hazardous chemicals. Generally, workers were found wearing medical-grade latex gloves, which are not insulated or sufficient when using high- temperature liquids or the majority of chemicals used at the site.

Additionally, seven serious safety violations involve failing to perform a personal protective equipment assessment; correct an improperly guarded platform; provide visible quick drenching facilities within the immediate work area; train about the usage of powered industrial vehicles; enclose live parts of electrical equipment; use proper safety precautions when transferring flammable liquids; and not maintaining dry, clean floors.

Proposed penalties total $473,000. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/RaaniCorp_110113_0515_11.pdf.

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

Raani Corp., a manufacturer of health-care items, over-the-counter pharmaceuticals and household and salon products, employs 150 workers, of which nearly half are temporary day workers. The company was previously inspected by OSHA in 1993, resulting in five serious violations. Raani Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of its current 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:
OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 19th
OSHA Citations For The Week Ending May 12th
OSHA Citations For The Week Ending May 5th

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