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Monday, October 08, 2012

Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending October 6th

A summary of OSHA citations with proposed fines over $100,000 announced during the week ending October 6th.

The following is based on press releases from OSHA.




OSHA cites Houston-based oil and gas servicing company following fatality ($189,000)
ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems cited for exposing workers to safety hazards ($172,000)
Brocato Construction cited for willful, serious trenching violations ($117,600)

OSHA has cited Halcon Resources Corp. for two willful and seven serious safety violations at the company's work site located in Wichita County one mile northwest of Electra along Highway 287, which operates as WG Operating.

OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office initiated an inspection in April in response to a report of a fatality involving an employee who came into contact with energized electrical parts and was electrocuted while working to restore power to a pumping station.

The willful violations include:
  • failing to provide training on safe work practices
  • failure to provide electrical protective equipment, such as gloves, for employees performing maintenance work. 
A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The serious violations include:
  • failing to provide specific lockout/tagout procedures and ensure that the energy sources of electrical equipment are locked out prior to performing maintenance
  • failing to test electrical personal protective equipment
  • failing to ensure that only qualified personnel perform testing and maintenance on electrical equipment.
The proposed penalties total $189,000. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/HalconResourcesCorporationdbaWGOperating_316046051_1001_12.pdf.

Halcon Resources is a Houston-based oil and gas servicing company that employs 300 workers nationwide. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's Fort Worth area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.



OSHA has cited ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems Inc. with 28 serious safety violations at its Fort Worth work site for exposing workers to "struck-by," fall, amputation and shock hazards while they were manufacturing airport passenger boarding bridges. Proposed penalties total $172,000.

OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office initiated an inspection of the North Sylvania Avenue facility under the agency's National Emphasis Program on Amputations and its Regional Emphasis Program on Safety and Health Hazards in the Manufacture of Fabricated Metal Products. The violations involve failing to:
  • regularly inspect overhead cranes, hooks and slings
  • rate or inspect devices used for lifting; provide machine guarding for a press brake and belt sander
  • ensure that exits are not blocked and are properly marked
  • provide fall protection such as harnesses and guardrails
  • train workers on lockout/tagout procedures for the control of energy sources
  • provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords
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 citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/ThyssenKruppAirportSystemsInc_385562_1001_12.pdf*.

ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems, a subsidiary of Chicago-based ThyssenKrupp USA Inc., employs about 180 workers in Fort Worth. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.



OSHA has cited Brocato Construction Inc. of Batesville, MS with two willful and one serious safety violation following an inspection of two trenches where workers were relocating gas and water lines along state Highway 305 in Olive Branch. OSHA opened its inspection as part of the agency's national emphasis program to reduce injuries at trenching and excavation construction sites. Proposed penalties total $117,600.

The willful violations involve failing to provide workers with protection against cave-in hazards while they were working in one trench more than 5 feet deep and another trench that was 8 feet deep.

The serious violation involves exposing employees to struck-by and cave-in hazards by not providing a ladder to enter and exit the excavation.

OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be protected against collapse. Detailed information on trenching and excavation hazards is available on OSHA's website at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html.

The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Brocato_391903_1001_2012.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Brocato_392202_1001_2012.pdf.

Brocato Construction was contracted by the city of Olive Branch, MS to relocate utilities, including gas and water lines. 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 findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.



Related Past Posts:
Summary Of Major OSHA Violations - Week Ending September 29th
Summary of Major OSHA Violations - Week Ending September 22nd
Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - 7 Contractors Cited

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