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Monday, December 10, 2012

A summary of OSHA significant citations with proposed fines over $100,000

A summary of OSHA significant citations with proposed fines over $100,000 announced during the week ending December 8th.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources.

Pandrol USA in Bridgeport, NJ, was cited for willful and serious violations ($283,500)
OSHA cites CPI-Lansing LLC for exposing workers to grain bin hazards ($144,00)

OSHA has cited Pandrol USA in Bridgeport, NJ, for willful and serious violations, proposing $283,500 in penalties.  Pandrol USA has been added to Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Pandrol USA LP, a rail fastening system manufacturer, was cited with 25 safety and health violations - including three willful - at the company's Bridgeport facility. A complaint alleging hazards prompted OSHA's inspection. Proposed penalties total $283,500.

The willful violations involve:
  • failure to use energy control, or "lockout/tagout" procedures, for mechanical and hydraulic presses
  • failure to provide machine guarding
  • failure to ensure that employees performing maintenance and repairs on machinery are properly trained on energy control procedures.
Due to the willful violations, Pandrol has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.

Twenty serious violations relate to:
  • violation of OSHA's noise exposure standard
  • electrical hazards
  • a lack of machine guarding
  • a lack of personal protective equipment
  • not periodically inspecting energy control procedures
  • failing to develop and implement a confined space program
  • not mounting fire extinguishers.
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.

Two other-than-serious violations are not having a written hazard communication program and not labeling spray bottles. 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 http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/MX-5001N_20121129_095323.pdf.

Pandrol has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA has cited CPI-Lansing LLC, a grain storage facility in Red Cloud, Nebraska, with three safety violations-including two willful-for allowing workers to enter grain bins while sweep augers were operating. OSHA initiated the complaint inspection in May under the agency's grain handling local emphasis program. Proposed penalties total $144,400.

Two willful violations address hazards associated with failing to lock out the energy sources of mechanical equipment during bin entry and to ensure workers are using a body harness and lanyard while working in grain bins and provide rescue equipment for workers entering bins.

The serious violation involves hazards associated with the use of a deficient handrail on a stairway.

OSHA's grain bin local emphasis program addresses specific recognized hazards in grain handling, such as falls, electrocution, engulfment, auger entanglement, "struck by" dangers and combustible dust explosions. For more safety and health information on grain handling facilities, visit http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/grainhandling/index.html.

The CPI-Lansing facility provides storage and drying of grains, such as corn, beans and milo, and is a subsidiary of Cooperative Producers Inc., which is based in Hastings. The company operates 40 grain-handling facilities around the state. Citations can be viewed at: http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/CPILansing_474038_1129_12.pdf.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Omaha, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:

Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending December 1st
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending November 24th
Significant OSHA Citation - Week Ending November 17th

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