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Monday, September 17, 2012

Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - 7 Contractors Cited For

A summary of major OSHA citations announced during the week ending September 15th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.

OSHA cites SeaCast for violations at Butte, Mont., foundry ($104,000)
OSHA cites 7 companies at San Antonio work site with 46 asbestos violations ($148,000)

OSHA has cited SeaCast Inc. for 14 safety and health violations – including one willful – following an inspection at the company's foundry in Butte. The Washington state-based company faces proposed penalties of $104,000 following an inspection that was initiated after OSHA received complaints alleging safety and health violations.

Thirteen serious violations involve:
  • machine guarding deficiencies
  • elevated levels of respirable silica
  • not providing a fully implemented respiratory protection program for employees
  • unsecured storage racks and materials
  • blocked electrical equipment
  • inadequate housekeeping
  • failing to reduce the pressure of compressed air nozzles to less than 30 pounds per square inch
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.

The willful violation was failing to administer a continuous, effective hearing conservation program.

The inspection was conducted under the agency's national emphasis programs on silica and primary metals.

For more information, visit http://s.dol.gov/WF and http://s.dol.gov/WG. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Seacast-Inc-dba-Seacast-Montana-LLC-280082-0905-12.pdf.

SeaCast has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Billings Area Office or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Always use asbestos warning
signs to ensure workers and others
are aware of the hazards.
OSHA has cited seven construction companies – three Miami-based contractors and four San Antonio-based subcontractors – with 45 serious and one other-than-serious violation for exposing workers to asbestos hazards at a San Antonio construction work site. Proposed penalties total $148,000.

In response to a referral by the Texas Department of State Health Services, OSHA's San Antonio Area Office initiated a safety and health inspection in March at the Reserves at Pecan Valley apartment complex located on East Southcross Boulevard. Inspectors found that workers were remodeling apartments without the use of proper clothing and respiratory equipment that would protect them from exposure to asbestos.

Specifically, the violations include failing to:
  • abate asbestos hazards and ensure that employees work in regulated areas
  • perform air monitoring for asbestos exposure
  • use the required engineering controls to prevent exposure
  • require the use of proper respiratory and personal protective equipment
  • train workers on the hazards of working with asbestos
  • ensure that an asbestos assessment is performed by a qualified person
The Miami-based contractors have been cited for a total of 14 violations:
  • Newport Property Ventures LLC has been issued citations carrying $36,100 in fines for eight serious and one other than serious violation
  • Newport Property Construction LLC has been fined $12,600 for two serious violations
  • Jamesboys Inc. has been issued citations carrying $18,900 in fines for three serious violations
The San Antonio subcontractors have been cited for a total of 32 violations:
  • Alex Vega doing business as Alco Painting & Remodeling has been issued citations carrying $28,200 in fines for 11 serious violations
  • Luis Lozada has been issued citations with $20,400 in fines for eight serious violations
  • Frank Gonzalez has been issued citations with $9,600 in fines for four serious violations
  • Clemente Covarrubias, doing business as Knock It Out, has been issued citations with $22,200 in fines for nine serious violations
Detailed information on asbestos hazards and safeguards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbestos/index.html.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/alco-painting-283535-0906-12.pdf

Related Past Posts:
Summary Of Major Citations - Fireworks Factory Cited
Summary Of Major Citations - Tyson Cited
Major OSHA Citations - Cited Company Closes

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