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Monday, August 06, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Parker Hannifin

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending August 4th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.



OSHA cites Parker Hannifin in Grantsburg, WI for electrical and other hazards ($123,300)
OSHA cites A. Finkl & Sons in Chicago for 26 safety violations  ($352,000)

OSHA has cited Parker Hannifin Corp. with nine safety violations at the company's metal fabricating plant in Grantsburg, including two repeat violations for failing to protect workers from amputation and electrical hazards by ensuring the use of machine guards on mills and conducting periodic inspections of energy control procedures. An inspection was initiated after OSHA received a complaint. The proposed penalties total $123,300.

A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited at Parker Hannifin facilities in Batesville, Miss., in May 2011 and Columbus, Ohio, in February 2010.

Seven serious safety violations involve:
  • Forcing employees to work over unprotected acid vats and dip tanks
  • Failing to inspect the ventilation system for the acid vats thoroughly and often
  • Failing to provide sufficient lockout procedures
  • Failing to properly mark electrical equipment
  • Failing to cover numerous unused openings in energized electrical panels
  • Failing to train workers on electrical safety, de-energize electrical equipment prior to allowing maintenance
  • Failing to provide workers with personal protective equipment while working near exposed energized parts.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Parker Hannifin Corp., headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, has facilities throughout the United States and in 46 other countries. The Grantsburg plant, which manufactures fluid power valves and hose fittings, among other products, employs about 300 workers. The employer has a history of previous violations at its Mississippi, New York and Ohio operations.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The citations in the current case may be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Parker-Hannifin-Corporation_190630_07-27-12.pdf.

OSHA has cited specialty metal forgings producer A. Finkl and Sons Co. with 26 safety violations at the company's Chicago facility, including two willful violations that involve failing to provide fall protection around open pits and rectify multiple hazards found in crane inspections. The proposed penalties total $352,700.

OSHA initiated an inspection in February after receiving a complaint alleging that cranes used in the facility were in disrepair, including having malfunctioning hoisting brakes, and that powered industrial trucks were being operated by untrained workers.

The two willful violations OSHA cited are:
  • Failing to ensure that open pits are guarded by standard railings and/or covers to protect employees from falling in
  • Failing to correct deficiencies identified by crane inspections such as missing bolts, inoperable radio controls, and problems with bridges, trolleys and main hoist brakes
Twenty-two serious violations include:
  • Failing to install hoist guards on industrial cranes
  • Failing to ensure that independent hoisting units on all cranes that handle hot metal have at least two holding brakes
  • Failing to ensure all crane trolleys and bridges are equipped with brakes that have ample thermal capacity for the equipment's frequency of operation and which prevent the impairment of functions due to overheating
  • Failure to ensure that a thorough inspection of all crane ropes is completed
  • Failure to ensure that loads are lifted in a manner to prevent swinging on cranes
  • Failure to have a responsible person on-site with knowledge of cranes
  • Failing to ensure that ladders are placed in a manner that provides secure footing for workers
  • Failing to store liquefied petroleum gas containers away from stairways or other exit areas
  • Not adequately outlining the rules for lockout/tagout procedures
  • Failure to guard live electrical parts over 50 volts
  • Failure to protect electrical conductors entering boxes from abrasion
  • Failure to visually inspect portable plug- and cord-connected equipment for defects
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

One repeat violation involves failing to ensure that powered industrial trucks are examined prior to being placed into service as well as keep the trucks in a clean condition, free from lint, excess oil and grease. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. A similar violation was cited in 2006 at the same facility.

One other-than-serious violation is failing to create, certify and post the OSHA 300A summary log of injuries and illnesses or an equivalent form for the year 2011 by Feb. 1, 2012.

Due to the willful and repeat violations and the nature of the hazards, OSHA has placed A. Finkl & Sons Co. in the agency's 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 willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations. For more information about the program, visit http://s.dol.gov/J3.

The company previously has been inspected by OSHA 24 times since 1970, with 17 inspections resulting in citations for various violations. The two most recent previous inspections, in 2006 and 2007, resulted in citations for willful and repeat violations related to fire and fall hazards.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AFinklandSons_191122.pdf*.

A. Finkl & Sons Co. employs 398 workers at its Chicago plant. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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:
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending July 28th
Major OSHA Citations - Nebraska Prime Group
Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending July 14th

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