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Monday, June 11, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending June 9th

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending June 9th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA Cites N.J.-based Pinnacle Foods Group for 27 Violations ($156,700)

OSHA Fines Clifton, NJ, Contractor for exposing Workers to Fall Hazards
OSHA Proposes Fines for Fall and Cave-In Hazards at Kimball Union Academy  ($193,400)
Great Lakes Chemical in Arkansas Cited For Bromine Hazard Exposure ($122,000)

OSHA has cited Mountain Lakes, N.J.-based Pinnacle Foods Group LLC for 27 serious safety and health violations at the company's Fayetteville facility, including exposing employees to inhaling ammonia, among other workplace hazards. Proposed penalties total $156,700.

OSHA's Little Rock Area Office initiated an inspection on Dec. 12, 2011, under the agency's National Emphasis Program for Chemicals. Investigators found that Pinnacle Foods Group failed to follow OSHA's process safety management regulations at the company's facility on West 15th Street, where about 500 employees process fresh and frozen seafood.

The violations involve failing to adhere to process safety management standards, ensure that lockout/tagout procedures are followed, provide appropriate personal protective equipment to prevent skin contact with and inhalation of ammonia, ensure that emergency exits are unlocked, repair or maintain defective electrical equipment and adhere to OSHA's Emergency Response Standard.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/PinnacleFoods_315973891_0531_12.pdf*

Pinnacle Foods Group, which employs about 4,300 workers nationwide, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Little Rock or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA has cited DD Stucco and Renovation LLC for six safety violations, two of which were defined as willful violations, related to fall hazards at a Mountain Lakes work site. OSHA opened an inspection in November 2011 as part of its local emphasis program on falls and proposed a total of $108,240 in penalties.

The willful violations carry a $92,400 penalty and are due to a lack of fall protection for employees working on a scaffold that was not fully planked. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Four serious violations, which carry a $15,840 penalty, are for a scaffold that was not secured to the structure or supported on an adequate firm foundation, unstable objects used to support the scaffold and employees climbing across braces to access the scaffold.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/DDStucco_316089713_0521_12.pdf*.

DD Stucco and Renovation is headquartered in Clifton and had three workers at the Mountain Lakes site.

Information about fall protection is available from OSHA in English and Spanish at http://www.osha.gov/stopfalls.

Baxter Hall, Kimball Union Academy
OSHA has proposed a total of $193,400 in fines for three Pennsylvania-based contractors for alleged violations of workplace safety standards at a work site located at the Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, N.H.

The largest penalties are proposed against JDE Inc. of Souderton, Penn., general contractor for the construction of a field house on the campus grounds. An inspection by OSHA's Concord Area Office resulted in OSHA issuing four willful citations with $140,000 in proposed fines to JDE. The citations address the employer's failure to ensure that the concrete foundation was structurally sound and the structural steel was constantly stable during the erection process. This exposed employees to crushing hazards if the foundation weakened and/or the structural steel collapsed. Additionally, JDE failed to protect its employees against fall and cave-in hazards.

Five serious citations with $19,800 in fines were issued to JDE for its failure to test the concrete footings prior to steel erection, ensure plans for the concrete forms were available on-site, prevent workers from climbing the rails of an aerial lift, provide a properly drained work site for equipment and train workers to recognize steel erection and other hazards.

Steel erection contractor Superior Fabric Structures of New Providence, Pa., was issued three serious citations, with $21,000 in fines, for failing to ensure the structural steel was constantly stable during the erection process, obtain written notification that the concrete had achieved sufficient strength to support steel erection loads and train workers in steel erection hazards and the operation of powered industrial trucks. Masonry contractor Pat Campion, doing business as Campion Construction Co., of Glenside, Pa., faces $12,600 in fines for three serious citations for lack of cave-in protection for employees in an excavation, not training workers to identify cave-in hazards and not having a competent person inspect the excavation to identify and correct hazards.

The full citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/JDEInc._110093_0427_12.pdf* http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/SuperiorFabricStructures_110095_0427_12.pdf* and http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/CampionConstructionCo_108768_0427_12.pdf*.

Each employer has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA cited West Lafayette, Ind.-based Great Lakes Chemical Corp. with 18 serious safety violations at the company's El Dorado facility for exposing workers to the unexpected release of bromine. An inspection began in December under OSHA's Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program, which is designed to reduce or eliminate workplace hazards associated with the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals. Proposed penalties total $122,000.

Process safety management standard violations include the company's failing to ensure that its process hazard analysis addresses hazards involved with valves being closed or blocked; develop procedures to ensure that levels are correctly established for pressure vessels and piping; and ensure that the compliance audit addresses procedures to assess the mechanical integrity of pressure vessels and piping. Additionally, the company failed to ensure that ladder-way platform openings were guarded by standard railings.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/GreatLakesChemical_315973859_0607_12.pdf.

Great Lakes Chemical manufactures bromine fufural specialty chemicals and alkyl leads. The company employs about 4,000 workers nationwide, with about 270 at its facility in El Dorado on Haynesville Highway. Great Lakes Chemical has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Little Rock or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending June 2nd
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 26th
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending May 19th

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