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Monday, May 20, 2013

Last Week's Significant OSHA Citations

The following is a summary of recent OSHA and state OSHA significant citations. These are citations that have proposed fines over $100,000 and that were announced during the past week.

The following are based on a press releases from OSHA and other sources. Reports from states, such as California, Oregon and Wyoming, in which the state has responsibility for workplace safety enforcement are also included.

West Decatur, PA., Company Fined For Trenching Hazards ($178,860)
OSHA cites A.W.T. World Trade for 28 Safety Violations ($119,700)


OSHA has cited Lumadue Excavating LLC for 12 safety violations involving trenching hazards.

OSHA initiated two inspections under a special emphasis program on trenching and excavation when inspectors found unprotected trenches at two different work sites-one was seven feet deep and the other more than five feet deep. Proposed penalties total $178,860.

Two willful violations, with $92,400 in penalties, involve failing to provide a protective system to prevent a trench cave-in. 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.

Five repeat violations, with $73,920 in penalties, involve:
  • failing to instruct workers in the recognition and avoidance of hazardous conditions
  • failing to provide a safe means of egress from trenches
  • failing to ensure excavations are inspected daily by a competent person. 
A repeat violation is issued 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 in 2008 and 2009.

Because of the nature of the hazards and the violations cited, Lumadue has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. OSHA's SVEP 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 if it has reasonable grounds to believe there are similar violations.

Additionally, three serious violations, which carry $12,540 in penalties, were cited for:
  • the lack of reflective vests for workers exposed to vehicular traffic
  • excavated material not placed farther than two feet from the edge of the trench
A serious citation is issued 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, carrying no penalties, involve the lack of a written hazard communication program and material safety data sheets. 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.

 Detailed information on safeguards for excavation and trenching is available at:
 http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/trenchingexcavation/index.html.

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


OSHA has cited A.W.T. World Trade Inc. for 28 safety and health violations, including multiple violations of OSHA's flammable liquids and spray finishing standards. The complaint inspection was initiated at the Chicago printing machinery manufacturer on Nov. 14, 2012. The proposed penalties total $119,700.

A total of 27 serious safety and health violations were cited, including:
  • a lack of a written hazard communication program
  • not providing employees information and training on hazardous chemicals in the workplace
  • a lack of machine guarding
  • failure to ensure use of eye protection during welding operations
  • failing to properly secure and store welding gas cylinders
  • hazards associated with the use and storage of flammables used in spray finishing operations
  • the interior surfaces of the spray paint booth being coated with excessive residues of flammable paints
Several other violations involved respirator protection standards, such as:
  • the lack of a written respiratory protection program
  • failing to select the proper respirator for the hazards present,
  • improper storage and fit
  • lack of medical evaluations for employees required to wear respirators
  • failing to train workers in the proper use
Violations of electrical standards were also cited, including the use of flexible cords instead of fixed wiring, lack of strain relief and obstructing the space around electrical panels. 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.

Additionally, one other-than-serious health violation was cited for failing to verify that a required personal protective equipment assessment had been performed through a written certification. 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 may be viewed at:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/awt_world_tradeinc_738983_0510_13.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


Related Past Posts:
OSHA Significant Citations - Amerigas Safety Violations

OSHA Significant Citations - Collis Roofing
OSHA Significant Citation - Week Ending April 29th


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