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Sunday, March 17, 2013

No Significant OSHA Citations Last Week

The following is a summary of OSHA and state OSHA significant citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 that were announced during the week ending March 15th.

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

OSHA defines a significant citation as one with proposed fines exceeding $100,000.  There were no significant citations last week.  The following are some of the other citations OSHA announced last week.

Niagara Falls manufacturer, Tulip Corp, cited by OSHA after inspection finds nine safety and health violations. Proposed fines total  $47,000. The citations were for for exposing workers to airborne lead and other hazards following an October 2012 complaint inspection at its manufacturing facility on Highland Avenue in Niagara Falls, NY.   OSHA's inspection found that workers were overexposed to airborne concentrations of lead. The airborne lead levels measured at the facility were 1.71 times the permissible exposure limit of 50 micrograms per cubic meter of air averaged over an eight-hour period.

OSHA cited Smithville Manufacturing Co. for 21 health and safety violations, including one willful, after receiving a complaint that a worker's finger was amputated by an unguarded press machine. OSHA has proposed penalties of $65,800 as a result of the December 2012 inspection.

The willful violation was cited for failing to ensure point of operation guards were in place on mechanical power presses at the stamping facility, which does short-run productions of automotive parts. 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 health. A total of 18 serious violations were cited, nine of which involve lack of or improperly adjusted guarding on equipment, such as shears, grinders, screw machines and drill and power presses. Other violations involved
  • failing to establish and train workers on energy control procedures
  • not ensuring employees lock out equipment prior to conducting maintenance or service
  • not training workers on the use of fire extinguishers
  • failing to establish die setting procedures
  • not conducting weekly press inspections
  • failing to develop a written hazard communication program
  • not training workers on the hazards of chemicals in the workplace.

OSHA has cited Lansdowne-based J.C. Stucco and Stone, doing business as J.C. Construction, with four repeat and two serious safety violations, including fall hazards found at a Philadelphia work site. OSHA's August 2012 inspection was initiated as part of the agency's regional emphasis program on falls. Proposed penalties total $73,150.

The repeat violations, with a $65,450 penalty, included
  • lack of bracing, inadequate access
  • lack of fall protection
  • failing to conduct daily inspections of working conditions.

OSHA cited Paterson-based F&G Sons Contractors Inc., doing business as F&G Contractors Inc., with five repeat and one serious violation, including scaffolding and fall hazards, found at a Kinnelon work site. OSHA's October 2012 investigation was initiated in response to an imminent danger complaint and resulted in $70,840 in penalties.

The repeat violations, with a $67,760 penalty, included an:
  • unsecured scaffold missing cross braces
  • exposing workers to scaffold collapse
  • failing to fully plank and provide guardrails or other means of fall protection on scaffolds
Similar violations were cited in 2009 and 2010.
Because of the hazards and the violations cited, F&G has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The serious violation, with a $3,080 penalty, was cited for failing to brace the bottom of a pump-jack scaffold that exposed workers to a scaffold collapse.

Other citations issued last week include:

New England Wood Pellet LLC was cited for alleged repeat and serious safety violations including exposing workers to fire, rapid combustion and wood dust explosion hazards due to deficient implementation of protective measures in the wood pellet processing system and related equipment. Proposed penalties total $47,710.

Corvallis, Montana-based M.R. Asphalt Inc. was cited for 16 safety and health violations, including one willful, following an investigation into the death of a worker that occurred in September 2012. An employee checking asphalt levels from the top of a tank fell 15 feet, hitting his head on a concrete structure supporting the tank. A willful violation was cited for failing to provide a guardrail or fall protection on the working surface.  Proposed penalties total $54,000.

OSHA cited Berry Plastics Corp. for six safety violations, including two repeat, for failing to document and utilize hazardous energy control procedures and conduct periodic inspections of these procedures. Proposed fines total $86,000.

The repeat violations were for failing to:
  • develop, document and utilize hazardous energy control procedures for machinery in the factory
  • conduct periodic inspections of these procedures.

Related Past Posts:
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending March 9th
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending March 2nd
Significant OSHA Citations - Week Ending February 23rd

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