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Monday, July 09, 2012

Last Week's Major OSHA Citations - OSHA Fines Earth Friendly Products

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending July 7th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA cites NY machine shop for failing to correct previously cited hazards ($138,765)
OSHA fines Earth Friendly Products in NJ for health & safety hazards NJ ($124,000)

OSHA has cited Simtek Inc. for alleged repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards as well as failing to correct eight hazardous conditions cited during a 2011 OSHA inspection that was prompted by a worker injury. The Amityville metal fabrication shop faces a total of $138,765 in proposed fines based on the latest inspection for new, recurring and uncorrected hazards.

OSHA originally cited Simtek in June 2011 for 20 violations of workplace safety standards, including missing or incomplete energy control procedures and various electrical hazards. The proposed penalties from that inspection total $60,600.

The agency initiated a follow-up inspection in January of this year to verify whether the cited hazards had been abated. Inspectors found that Simtek still had not developed and put into use energy control procedures to lock out machines' power sources to prevent them from starting up during maintenance, nor had the company provided training and tools to workers who perform the maintenance. It also had failed to correct several electrical hazards such as misused electrical equipment, unused electrical openings, uncovered electrical cabinets and electrical cords that were spliced and lacked strain relief.

These uncorrected hazards have resulted in notices issued for failing to abate eight violations. The notices carry $109,725 in fines. A failure-to-abate violation is one committed when an employer fails to fix or address previously cited hazardous conditions, practices or noncompliant equipment.

Additionally, citations with $26,400 in fines have been issued for four repeat violations involving hazards similar to those cited during the previous inspection. These include a locked exit door, misused electrical equipment and unprotected power cords.

Finally, a citation with a $2,640 fine has been issued for one serious violation involving circuit breakers blocked by a gas tank and a welding machine.

"An effective illness and injury prevention program in which workers and managers work together to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions can prevent injuries from occurring in the first place," said Robert Kulick, OSHA's regional administrator in New York.

Due to the failure-to-abate and repeat violations as well as the nature of the hazards, OSHA has placed Simtek in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing certain willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. For more information on the program, visit http://s.dol.gov/J3.

The current citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/SimtekFTA315204974.pdf* and http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Simtek315996355.pdf*.

Simtek 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 has cited Earth Friendly Products for 23 serious safety and health violations at its Norwood facility. OSHA initiated an inspection in response to a complaint and found workers being exposed to machine guarding, confined space, and flammable liquid storage and handling hazards, among other violations. Proposed penalties total $124,000.

The violations reflect hazards related to confined space entry, deficient "lockout/tagout" procedures to prevent machinery from accidentally starting up, failing to train powered industrial trucks operators and make sure that truck modifications are performed with the manufacturer's prior written approval, insufficient machine guarding equipment, junction boxes connected with flexible cords instead of being mounted on the wall, unlabeled breakers on the panel, unsafe flammable liquid storage and handling, personal protective equipment and respirator deficiencies, a lack of eye wash stations, and a lack of fire extinguisher training and hazard communications.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/earthfriendlyproducts314681693_314681628.pdf*.

The company manufactures cleaning products and employs 38 workers.

Related Past Posts:
Major OSHA Citation - $463,350 Fine For Construction Hazards
Major OSHA Citations - Tribe Mediterranean Foods Cited
Major OSHA Citations -  Week Ending June 18th

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Anonymous confined space permit required said...

This is a great blog on safety at workplaces because lack of safety may cause death of a person also. Proper safety measures must be taken.

12:31 AM  
Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

An article in NewJersey.com reports on a response from Earth Friendly products.

Earth Friendly Products Inc., a Norwood company cited last week for alleged safety violations, has addressed all the issues and is meeting with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Wednesday to resolve the matter, according to the company's counsel.

"Earth Friendly Products is committed to providing a safe working environment for its employees," general counsel Amber Enriquez said in a statement Monday.

The article can be read here:

6:53 AM  

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