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Monday, November 05, 2012
A Summary Of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending November 3rd
A summary of OSHA citations with proposed fines over $100,000 announced during the week ending November 3rd.
The following are based on a press releases from OSHA.
Something very unusual has happened. For the third time in four weeks there were no OSHA citations over $100,000. In the past four weeks there has been only one OSHA citation over $100,000. That was last week. Is it coincidence? Are American workplaces suddenly becoming dramatically safer? I'm still reading about companies that have been inspected and notified they'll be receiving a citation. But, I'm not seeing many OSHA announcements about citations being issued. Has OSHA just become slow to get out press releases? What do you think? Add your comments using the link below.
The following are the citations OSHA announced last week.
Vortex Recycling Inc. receives $58,000 citation
The citation is for 27 workplace safety, health hazards, including one
repeat violation, 25 serious violations, and one other-than-serious violation.
The repeat violation involves failing to remove defective or unsafe
powered industrial trucks from service. The serious violations include:
- a variety of fall, electrical and
- using equipment that is improperly installed,
identified and located
- improperly maintaining emergency eyewash
stations, shower facilities and portable fire extinguishers
- crane deficiencies
- a lack of proper housekeeping
procedures for areas around plant equipment
- failing to develop
programs for energy control, hearing conservation, permit-required
confined spaces and hazard communication.
History Construction Management LLC receives $59,200 citation.
Fifteen of the violations relate to OSHA's lead standard, including:
- failing to implement engineering and work practice controls to reduce
- failure to collect full shift personal samples for monitoring
- failure to provide
clean protective clothing
- failure to provide clean changing rooms or separate
storage facilities for protective work clothing to prevent
cross-contamination with street clothes
- failure to keep surface and eating areas
free from lead dust accumulation
- failure to properly sweep up lead dust
- failure to provide
training to employees about lead and post lead hazard warning signs
Five violations of OSHA's respiratory protection standard involve
failing to implement a respirator protection program that includes
proper respirator selection, medical evaluation, fit testing and
training. The remaining two violations are using flexible electrical
cords as a substitute for fixed wiring and improperly altering
New England Hematology/Oncology Associates PC receives $46,900 citation.
OSHA found that
the workers were potentially exposed to bloodborne pathogens from
needlesticks because safer needle systems, such as automatically
sheathing needles, were not used.
OSHA also found that the medical provider had been made aware by workers
that a safer needle system was needed, but continued to use a system
that was not engineered to reduce the risk of injury. As a result, OSHA
has issued a citation carrying a $42,000 fine for one willful violation.
Palm Coast-based GP Roofing and Construction LLC received a $72,600 citation.
OSHA reported founding three willful
safety violations for exposing workers to fall and other hazards while
they were conducting roofing work at a new residential site. The violations involve failing to provide eye protection for workers
using pneumatic nail guns, fall protection for workers installing
roofing materials on steep-pitched roofs, and a safe means for workers
to access and exit a 19-foot-high roof.
Related Past Posts:
OSHA Citations - Week Ending October 27th
OSHA Citations - Week Ending October 20th
OSHA Citations Issued During The Week Ending October 13th
Labels: chemical hazards, Eye Protection, fall protection, OSHA Citations
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