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Monday, July 23, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Nebraska Prime Group

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending July 21st.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

 OSHA cites Nebraska Prime Group  for 11 violations after worker fatality ($195,100)

OSHA has cited Hastings Acquisition LLC, which operates as Nebraska Prime Group, a meatpacking facility in Hastings, for 11 safety violations. OSHA opened an inspection after a worker had become caught in a machine and was asphyxiated on Jan. 18.

The worker was asphyxiated when his clothing got caught in the drive roller of a hide belt. Two related willful violations involve improper machine guarding – which exposes employees to amputation and strangulation hazards – and not supplying sufficient number of lockout devices for all servicing and maintenance employees to secure the energy sources of mechanical equipment . A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowledge or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Nine serious violations involve a failure to:
  • Train workers on protecting themselves from hazards associated with loose clothing around moving equipment
  • Conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures
  • Properly train workers in energy control procedures
  • Prevent unauthorized alterations to forklifts
  • Maintain legible data-plates for forklifts
  • Train and evaluate the competency of powered industrial truck operators
  • Keep powered trucks that are in need of repair out of operation
  • Regularly inspect forklifts
  • Correctly use electrical cords and cables
Proposed penalties total $195,100. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/HastingsAcquisitionLLC_190339_0712_12.pdf*.

Hastings Acquisition has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Omaha, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending July 14th
Last Week's Major OSHA Citations - OSHA Fines Earth Friendly Products
Major OSHA Citation - $463,350 Fine For Construction Hazards

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