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Monday, November 12, 2012

Major OSHA Citations Issued In The Past Week

A summary of OSHA citations with proposed fines over $100,000 announced during the week ending November 10th.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA.

OSHA cites Dedicated TCS LLC with 11 violations ($142,100)
B.W. Supply in Lyons, Ohio, cited for 25 health and safety violations ($205,000
OSHA cited Missouri American Water following a worker's death ($140,000)

OSHA has cited a tank cleaning service for confined space hazards at their Lansing, Ill., facility. Dedicated TCS LLC was cited with 11 safety and health, including two willful, violations, primarily for failing to protect workers in confined spaces. OSHA opened an inspection of the company's Lansing facility, which cleans tank trailers, upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards. The proposed penalties total $142,100.

OSHA's permit-required confined space standard establishes procedures to protect workers who must enter, work in or exit spaces with configurations that hinder their activities. In addition, the configurations of such spaces may increase workers' exposure to hazards such as entrapment, engulfment and/or hazardous atmospheric conditions, which can lead to serious physical injury, illness or death.

The willful violations included in this citation both involve failing to provide a mechanical lifting device that could help rescue workers from confined spaces as well as as failing to provide an attendant to monitor the safety of workers operating within permit-required spaces.

Most of nine serious safety and health violations related to the confined space standard. These included:
  • failing to test conditions
  • failing to provide appropriate explosion-proof lighting
  • failing to review entry operations
  • failing to verify permit entries, such as required tests and procedures
  • failing to sign permits to authorize entry
  • failing to provide training for the safe performance of duties in confined spaces
  • failing to certify that training has been accomplished
  • failing to provide hazard communication and personal protective equipment training for workers exposed to contact with corrosive chemicals
Lansing-based Dedicated TCS also has facilities in Channahon and New Orleans, La. The Channahon facility was cited in September for eight serious violations primarily related to permit-required confined space hazards.

The current citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Dedicated_TCS_415682_1101_12.pdf. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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.

OSHA has cited B.W. Grinding Co., doing business as B.W. Supply, for 25 safety and health – including three willful – violations at the company's Lyons iron foundry. OSHA initiated an inspection May 7 upon receiving complaints alleging hazards, and the inspection later was expanded under the agency's local emphasis programs on powered industrial vehicles and primary metals industries. Proposed penalties total $205,100.

Two willful health violations involve failing to implement a hearing conservation program for workers who perform grinding operations as well as a respirator protection program that includes medical evaluations for workers who are required to wear powered air-purifying respirators. The other willful safety violation is failing to provide personal protective equipment for employees working around molten metal.

Twenty serious safety and health violations involve:
  • exposing workers to "struck-by" and crushing hazards from under-the-hook lifting devices and damaged safety latches on crane and hoist hooks
  • burn hazards from ladles
  • improper storage and labeling of flammable and hazardous liquids
  • a lack of railings, improper storage of respirators
  • operating a damaged skip hoist
  • failing to ensure that loads of molten metal were secured and stable for safe transport
  • failing to perform daily inspections of powered industrial vehicles
  • failing to remove damaged vehicles from service
  • failing to provide safety guards on a wheel grinder
  • failing to properly implement a respirator protection program that included fit testing
  • failing to determine workers' exposure to silica
  • failing to provide personal protective equipment for workers' eyes, hands and faces
Two other-than-serious health violations were failing to properly record injuries and illnesses in the company's 2012 logs, and failing to identify the names of workers who applied lockout devices. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

The citations can be viewed at

B.W. Supply employs about 40 workers at the iron foundry, which produces a variety of castings. The company was inspected by OSHA on two previous occasions, both in 2007, and was issued citations for a lack of machine guarding, the improper control of hazardous energy and hazards related to powered industrial vehicles.

OSHA has cited utility company Missouri American Water for two willful safety violations following the May 16, 2012, death of a worker. The worker suffered fatal injuries when a gas-powered saw kicked back while he and another employee were cutting sections of old cast-iron pipe. The work was part of efforts to reroute underground water lines in a residential neighborhood being rebuilt following the EF5 tornado that struck Joplin on May 22, 2011.

The violations involve exposing workers to "struck-by" hazards while they were cutting water pipe by failing to provide support in accordance with manufacturers' instructions and company policies, and lack of training on pipe-cutting operations. 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.

Proposed penalties total $140,000. The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/MoAmWater_438331_1102_12.pdf.

Missouri American Water employs approximately 800 workers statewide. The company is a subsidiary of Voorhees, N.J.-headquartered American Water, which operates utilities in more than 30 states and parts of Canada, and employs more than 7,000 workers nationwide.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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:
Summary of Major OSHA Citations - Week Ending November 3rd
OSHA Citations - Week Ending October 27th
OSHA Citations - Week Ending October 20th

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I noticed just recently an American Water Company employee died as a result of injuries obtained on the job (Hubert Singley), will they be cited by OSHA?

8:31 AM  
Blogger Steve Hudgik said...

Thank you for your comment. OSHA issues citations for violations of OSHA standards. OSHA will conduct an investigation. If they find that an OSHA safety standard was violated, then a citation will be issued. If no OSHA safety standards are found to have been violated, no citation will be issued.

10:35 AM  

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