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Monday, January 14, 2013

Significant OSHA 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 5th.

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

There were no OSHA citations issued last week with total proposed fines over $100,000. A total of seven citations were announced by OSHA. These included the following:

$98,000 - OSHA cited Cleveland Granite and Marble

The citations were for 21 violations, including failing to maintain a hearing conservation program, following a complaint which resulted in an inspection last August.

Three of the citations were for willful violations:
  • failing to maintain a hearing conservation program
  • failing to train workers who operate powered industrial trucks
  • failing to perform daily and monthly crane inspections
Citations were issued for a total of 15 serious violations, which included failing to:
  • provide personal protective equipment
  • maintain clear exit routes
  • develop and implement a lockout/tagout program for energy sources
  • properly guard pulleys and saws
  • develop and implement a hazard communication program
  • provide electrical cords, cables and ground fault circuit interrupters suitable for use in wet areas
  • train workers in safety and health matter

$87,010 - OSHA cited Zamastil Exteriors, a roofing company in Wonder Lake, IL

The citations were for seven safety violations, including one willful and one repeat violation. The citations resulted from two separate inspections in July and in October 2012 for failing to provide and ensure workers use proper fall protection while conducting roof work on a multicomplex apartment building.

The citations resulting from the July inspection included one for a repeat violation with a fine of $10,780 for failing to provide fall protection.  A similar violation was cited in October 2011. The October 2012 inspection began when an OSHA inspector witnessed violations related to an aerial lift, which resulted in Zamastil Exteriors being issued a willful citation for again failing to provide proper fall protection equipment.
Citations for five serious violations were issued. These included:
  • overloading and improperly using an aerial lift
  • failing to provide proper lanyard tie offs to workers in the aerial lift
  • exposing workers to electrical shock by failing to provide proper ground fault protection
  • using a ladder that did not extend 3 feet above the landing surface

$56,880 - OSHA has cited COL-Pump Co. Inc., in Columbia, Ohio.

The citation was for ten health and safety violations, including two willful, for failing to monitor workers' exposure to noise hazards above 85 decibels at their Columbia foundry.

OSHA initiated an inspection on Sept. 14, after receiving a complaint alleging a lack of an effective hearing protection program. The two willful violations involved failing to establish a baseline audiogram within six months of an employees' first exposure to noise above the action level of 85 decibels failing too provide annual audiograms to workers exposed to noise levels at or above allowable levels.

One repeat violation was issued for failing to implement administrative and engineering controls to lower exposure to noise in the grinding area of the facility.

Two serious violations involved failing to maintain ladders in a safe condition and failing to ensure machine guarding was affixed to a sand mixer system.

$89,000 - OSHA cited Plastic Systems LLC in Kenton, MI

The citations covered with five safety violations after a worker was injured when struck by a forklift.

One willful violation was cited for failing to remove unsafe forklifts from service.

The OSHA citation included three serious violations:
  • failing to complete forklift inspections
  • failing to retrain workers in forklift operations following an incident where an injury occurred
  • failing to operate a forklift in a safe manner
Plastic Systems was also cited with an other-than-serious violation for failing to have name and capacity plates on forklifts.

Two companies cited for excavation violations

A Dracut, MA., contractor was cited for willful and serious safety violations at a work site in Nashua, NH.where OSHA inspectors observed a DeFelice employee working in an inadequately guarded excavation that was more than 8 feet deep. The total proposed fines were $55,660.

OSHA also cited Tejas Underground Utilities LLC with one willful and one serious violation for exposing workers to excavation hazards at its work site in Houston. The proposed penalties total $59,290.

Related Past Posts:

Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending January 5th
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending December 31st
Significant OSHA Citation - Week Ending December 15th

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