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Monday, January 21, 2013

Last Week's OSHA Significant Citations

The following is a summary of OSHA significant citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 that were announced during the week ending January 19th.

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

A.M. Stern Inc. (Rochester, NY) cited for fall hazards ($159,250)

OSHA cites A.M. Stern Inc. for alleged willful violations of safety standards during roofing work.

The Rochester-based roofing contractor faces a total of $159,250 in proposed fines, chiefly for fall hazards identified during an inspection at the O'Connor Road worksite in Fairport that began on July 10.

On two occasions during the investigation, OSHA inspectors observed Stern employees exposed to falls of 15 to 30 feet while working at the unprotected edges of the building's roof. The designated safety monitor on-site was not positioned close enough to employees working in unprotected sections, so that he could warn them about the fall hazards. As a result, OSHA issued A.M. Stern one willful citation with a $70,000 fine for the lack of fall protection and one repeat citation, also with a $70,000 fine, for the improperly located safety monitor.

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. A similar violation was issued in August 2008 at a Geneseo worksite.

The contractor was also issued five serious citations, carrying $19,250 in fines, for:
  • not providing medical evaluations and training for employees required to wear respirators
  • allowing an untrained employee to operate a forklift
  • not providing employees with information and training on hazardous chemicals
  • for the safety monitor's failure to warn employees of fall hazards
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.

Related Past Posts:

Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending January 12th
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending January 5th
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending December 31st

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