A summary of OSHA significant citations with proposed fines over $100,000 announced during the week ending December 15th.
The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources.
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. cited for exposing workers to hazardous chemicals ($99,000)
Bontrager Excavating, Uniontown, OH, cited for failing to protect workers in trench ($115,500)
OSHA fines Timken Co. (Canton, Ohio, steel mill) after receiving a complaint ($170,500)
OSHA cites Fort Worth, Texas, companies for process safety management violations ($134,00)
OSHA has cited
Pilgrim's Pride Corp. in Lufkin with three repeat and four serious
violations following a June inspection
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as part of the agency's Process
Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities national emphasis program.
Proposed penalties total $99,000.
The repeat citations issued for the process safety management standard
violations include failing to:
- inspect and test process equipment
consistent with applicable manufacturers' recommendations and good
- ensure that process equipment complies with
recognized and generally accepted good engineering practices
- properly label containers holding hazard chemicals
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 the company's work site in Live Oak,
Fla., in April 2008 and at the work site in Russellville, Ala., in
Serious violations include failing to:
- correct deficiencies in process
- ensure that process safety information pertaining to
equipment includes design codes and standards
- establish and
implement written procedures to manage changes of the process
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 Greeley, Colo.-based Pilgrim's Pride, a chicken processing and
wholesale distribution company, operates in 12 states, including
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, North
Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
About 33,000 workers are employed company-wide with about 1,400 at the
Detailed information on process safety management is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/processsafetymanagement/index.html.
cited Bontrager Excavating Ltd. in Uniontown with three willful safety
violations for failing to protect workers from cave-ins during trenching
OSHA initiated the inspection in June after receiving a
complaint alleging unsafe working conditions. Proposed penalties total
OSHA placed Bontrager Excavating in its Severe Violator Enforcement
Program in 2011, after one worker was killed and another injured in a
trench collapse in December 2010 in Stark County. The program focuses on
recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful,
repeat or failure-to-abate violations. Under the program, OSHA may
inspect any of the employer's facilities or job sites.
The three willful violations cited from this most recent inspection
- failing to provide cave-in protection to workers installing
storm connection lines in a trench approximately 6-feet deep.
- failing to ensure
that spoil piles of soil were placed at least 2 feet back from the
- failing to provide a safe means of egress to workers inside a
trench box. OSHA regulations require that a stairway, ladder, ramp or
other means of egress be provided in a trench.
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
OSHA standards mandate that all excavations 5 feet or deeper be
protected against collapse. Detailed information on trenching and
excavation hazards is available at http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html
Prior to this inspection, Bontrager Excavating had been inspected seven
times since 1992, resulting in 17 violations, 15 of which directly
related to various trenching hazards.
The current citations may be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/BontragerExcavatingLtd_471359_1206_12.pdf
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 penalties before the independent Occupational
Safety and Health Review Commission.
OSHA has cited
Timken Co. for 12 alleged safety violations, including five repeat,
after conducting a complaint inspection in June at the steel mill in
Canton which manufactures roller bearings.
Proposed penalties total
The CantonRep reports that, "Company officials said the Gambrinus plant has a favorable safety
record. So far this year, the plant’s lost time incident rate has been
less than one incident per 200,000 hours worked, the company said, while
its OSHA reportable injury rate has been less than five per 200,000
Read the CantonRep article here
Five repeat safety violations involve:
- failing to guard machine ingoing
nip points, points of operation and rotating parts
- lacked guardrails on elevated platforms
- failed to ensure
electrical boxes with unused openings were closed
Similar violations were cited at other Timken Co. facilities in Canton,
including the Harrison steel plant in 2007 and 2011, and the Gambrinus
roller bearing plant in 2007 and 2009.
Seven serious safety violations involved:
- failing to reduce compressed air
for cleaning to 30 pounds per square inch or below
- not maintaining floors in
- failing to conduct annual training for workers designated to use
portable fire extinguishers
- not providing an emergency eye washing station
ensuring each authorized worker affixed a personal lockout device to a
group lock box to prevent the unintentional release of hazardous energy
- failure to properly adjust machine guarding
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
The current citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Timken_Co_462358_1205_12.pdf
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 penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health
The Canton, Ohio-based company engineers, manufactures and markets
mechanical components and high-performance steel, such as bearings,
engineered steel bars and tubes, and transmissions and gearboxes. About
300 workers are employed at the Canton facility; corporate-wide the
company operates in 30 countries and employs about 21,000 workers.
OSHA cited Five Star Custom Foods Ltd. for 25 serious safety and health
Subcontractor Packers Sanitation Services Inc. has been
cited for two serious safety violations concerning exposure to hazardous
chemicals at the company's facility on East First Street. Penalties
total $134,000 collectively.
OSHA officials opened an investigation on June 12 under the agency's
national emphasis program on process safety management, known as PSM,
for covered chemical facilities. Investigators found that employees,
while conducting operations in the facility's refrigeration system, were
exposed to the catastrophic release of toxic and corrosive chemicals.
Fourteen serious violations involved failing to:
- ensure that equipment
related to the process complied with recognized and generally accepted
good engineering practices; recommendations in the process hazard
analysis were processed
- annually certify standard operating procedures
- provide an ammonia detector system
- inform contract employees of the potential of fire and/or toxic release hazards
- failing to conduct compliance audits at least every three years
An additional 11 safety violations involved failing to
machine-specific lockout/tagout procedures for the control of hazardous
- maintain work areas free of slip, trip and fall hazards
exit areas unobstructed
- to address electrical wiring deficiencies
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.
OSHA also cited Packers Sanitation Services, which provides janitorial
services, with two serious safety violations involving the failure to
train employees to work with hazardous chemicals and not providing
safety data sheets.
The citations can be viewed at:
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