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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, June 18, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending June 16th

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending June 16th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

Mississippi Correctional Facility Run By GEO Group Cited For Violence Hazards ($104,000)
OSHA Cites Illinois Gun Works Ltd. for 28 Alleged Health Violations ($111,000) 
Zoto's International Cited For Chemical, Electrical and Mechanical Hazards ($233,000)

OSHA has cited The GEO Group Inc. with six safety and health violations, including one willful, for exposing employees to workplace violence and failing to take adequate measures to reduce the risk of violence following a December 2011 inspection stemming from a complaint about the Meridian correctional facility. Proposed penalties total $104,100.

A willful safety violation has been cited, with a $70,000 penalty, for failing to knowingly provide adequate staffing, fix malfunctioning cell door locks or provide required training to protect employees from incidents of violent behavior by inmates, including stabbings, bites and other injuries.

One repeat health violation, with a $16,500 penalty, also has been cited for failing to conduct medical evaluations for workers required to wear respirators. A similar violation was cited in November 2010 at GEO's Pompano Beach, Fla., facility.

Two serious health and one serious safety violation, carrying a total of $17,600 in penalties, include failure to conduct a fit test for employees required to wear respirators, have a written exposure control plan for employees exposed to bloodborne pathogens and complete a personal protective equipment hazard assessment.

One other-than-serious safety violation has been cited for failing to provide a written energy control procedure for workers exposed to electrical shock hazards. No penalty was assessed. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

This citation is stirring up some controversy as possibly being politically motivated. Read about that in a story published in the Examiner.com called:
OSHA shooting range ruling points to agenda besides worker safety.

The GEO Group Inc. is a correctional and detention organization with approximately 80,000 beds and 116 facilities located in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. The company's East Mississippi correctional facility houses 1,318 low, medium and high security inmates, as well as inmates with mental illness.

Information on workplace violence is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/workplaceviolence/index.html.

The citations can be viewed at

OSHA has cited Illinois Gun Works Ltd. for 28 alleged health violations following a Jan. 21 inspection referred by the Illinois Department of Public Health that found two gun range operators were exposed to airborne lead levels up to 12 times the permissible level. Proposed fines total $111,000.  Illinois Gun Works operates a gun sales business, a shooting range and gun safety training.

A total of 27 serious violations include 13 for violating the lead standard, including failing to implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce exposure, collect full shift personal samples for monitoring, measure effectiveness of the ventilation system to control exposure, provide clean protective clothing, dispose of or replace protective clothing, provide clean changing rooms or separate storage facilities for protective work clothing to prevent cross-contamination with street clothes, require workers exposed to lead to shower at the end of a shift or to ensure workers washed hands and faces prior to consuming food during breaks, and implement a medical surveillance program for all employees who were exposed to lead at or above the action levels, including biological monitoring such as blood sampling.

The remaining serious violations include failing to implement a hazard communication program, train workers on hazardous chemicals present in the work environment, label chemical bottles with contents and a hazard warning, administer an effective hearing conservation program, train in the use of personal protective equipment and implement a respirator protection program that includes, fit testing and training.

One other-than-serious violation has been cited for failing to provide a written certification that a hazard assessment had been performed.

The citations may be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/IllinoisGunWorksLtd_110282_0608_12.pdf*.

OSHA has cited Zoto's International Inc. with 44 alleged serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at the company's Geneva manufacturing plant. The maker of hair care products faces a total of $233,000 in fines for a cross-section of chemical, mechanical and electrical hazards following an inspection by OSHA's Syracuse Area Office.

OSHA found numerous instances of unguarded moving machine parts, including saws, pulleys, ingoing nip points, pinch points and rotating parts. Electrical hazards encompassed unguarded live parts, electrical wiring that did not conform to a Class 1/Division 1 location, allowing unqualified employees to work on live electrical parts, failing to develop and follow safety-related work practices related to energized parts, and failing to provide training to employees. Other safety hazards include a blocked exit door, flammable liquids used where ignition sources were present, blocked fire extinguishers, storage racks with damaged vertical supports, blocked aisles, fall and tripping hazards, and a lack of "lockout/tagout" procedures to prevent the unintended startup of machinery during maintenance.

The inspection also identified several deficiencies in the plant's process safety management program, which is designed to prevent the unintended release of large quantities of hazardous chemicals. In this case, the chemical is ethyl alcohol, a flammable liquid used in a blending process. Deficiencies include an incomplete process hazard analysis; inaccurate diagrams of the process; a lack of compliance audits; no written operating procedures for the start up, operations shut down and emergency shut down for the system; and failing to correct deficiencies in the process equipment.

Health hazards include employee overexposure to methylene chloride, a lack of controls to reduce methylene chloride exposure levels, the use of an inappropriate respirator, failing to train workers on the hazards of metyhlene chloride and other chemicals, and failing to label containers of hazardous chemicals.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/zotos_international_318850081_5_24_2012.pdf,
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/zotos_191446_5_24_2012.pdf and

"One means by which employers can prevent widespread hazards is to establish an effective illness and injury prevention in which they work with their employees to identify and prevent hazards," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional director in New York.

Zoto's International 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.

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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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does OSHA do with all this money they get from fines? Every week I read these and the fines seem to be huge.

6:38 AM  

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