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.
Monro Muffler Brake Inc. Faces OSHA Fines For Safety Violations ($221,100)
33 Violations Cited at A & B Foundry and Machining ($170,107)
CAL-OSHA Fines Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland ($142,970)
RWS Manufacturing Cited For 28 Safety Violations ($233,870)
A Monro Muffler
Brake Inc. facility in Portsmouth, NH has been cited by OSHA for alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards. The automotive repair, maintenance and tire company faces proposed fines of $221,100 following an inspection than began in November 2012, as the result of a complaint.
The willful citation stems from workers who were exposed to potential electric shock from exposed, energized wires in a restroom. OSHA found that the company did not correct the hazard after knowing of its existence from in-house safety inspections. The proposed penalty for the willful violation is $60,500.
Five repeat citations were issued for:
- defective work ladders
- unsecured oxygen and acetylene cylinders
- inadequate eyewashing facilities for workers
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. Similar hazards have been cited since 2009 at facility locations in Newington, Conn.; Canton, Rochester and Victor, N.Y.; and Middleburg Heights, Ohio. The proposed penalties for the repeat violations are $143,000.
Four serious citations were issued for:
- improper storage and disposal of combustible material
- damaged gas pressure regulators
- inadequately grounded electrical
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. The proposed penalties for the serious violations are $17,600.
The citations can be viewed at:
In August 2012, Monro Muffler Brake Inc. reached an enterprisewide settlement agreement with OSHA in which it agreed to institute procedures to protect its workers against being crushed or struck by automotive hydraulic lifts. The company agreed to develop and implement an inspection and maintenance program for all automotive lifts at all of its federal OSHA-covered work sites, including:
- periodic inspections by qualified inspectors
- procedures to remedy any potentially unsafe conditions
- mandatory training for lift operators
- the submission of written compliance reports to OSHA
Monro Muffler Brake has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
OSHA has cited A & B Foundry and Machining LLC with 33 health and safety violations, including four repeat violations. The November 15, 2012, inspection took place under the national emphasis program targeting the primary metals industry. The proposed fines total $170,107.
Four repeat violations involve failing to:
- provide fire extinguisher,
noise and chemical hazards training
- perform medical evaluations of workers required to use respirators and to fit-test respirators
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. The same violations were cited in 2009.
Twenty-six serious violations include failing to:
- ensure use of personal protective equipment
- prevent use of damaged personal protective equipment
- conduct annual audiograms
OSHA also found:
- fall hazards
- poor housekeeping
- inoperative safety latches on crane hoists
- lack of machine guarding on multiple machines
- electric safety violations
- a failure to train workers on and conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures
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.
Three other-than-serious violations include not conducting performance evaluations for forklift operators, a partially blocked exit door and lack of certification of a workplace hazard assessment. 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 current citations may be viewed at:
The facility employs about 55 workers and, since 2004, four previous inspections have resulted in multiple citations. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The San Jose Mercury News reports that "State regulators have fined Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland $142,970 for not properly isolating nearly two dozen patients suspected of having tuberculosis."
The citations were issued as a result of a complaint investigation. The citations included willful serious violations relating to failures to implement the Aerosol Transmissible Diseases (ATD) standard. The willful serious violations included the failure to establish and maintain a negative pressure isolation room for ATD cases in the hospital’s Intensive Care Unit and the failure to place suspect tuberculosis cases in isolation rooms.
Read more in the San Jose Mercury News
OSHA has cited RWS Manufacturing Inc. for a total of 28 alleged willful, repeat and serious violations of workplace safety and health standards at their Queensbury manufacturing plant.
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The company, which makes wood shavings for animal bedding, faces a total of $233,870 in proposed fines.
Inspections by OSHA began in November 2012 in response to a complaint. They found hazardous accumulations of explosive, combustible wood dust on structural supports, pipes, fixtures, ductwork, equipment and floors. In addition, workers were allowed to smoke in areas where excessive wood dust and wood shavings were present and the plant's dust collection system lacked a fully enclosed motor and grounded or bonded ductwork. The accumulation of wood shavings, as deep as one foot in some locations, also posed a fall and slipping hazard.
In addition, the following safety problems were cited:
- The company did not develop and implement a confined space entry program and provide training, warning signs and retrieval systems to protect workers in confined spaces.
- Workers were exposed to excessive noise levels and were not provided a hearing conservation program, training, a choice of hearing protection and audiometric testing.
- Respirator users were not provided necessary information.
- There was a lack of information and training on hazardous chemicals
- Powered industrial trucks were not inspected and were operated by untrained operators
- Required guarding and fire watches were not used and maintained when welding near flammable wood shavings.
- There were unguarded moving machine parts.
- There were exposed live electrical parts
- Oxygen cylinders were not properly stored.
In total, RWS was issued two willful citations with $107,800 in fines, Twenty-five serious citations with $118,370 in fines, and one repeat citation with a $7,700 fine for these hazards. The citations can be viewed online at:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/RWS_H.pdf and http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/RWS_S.pdf
Combustible dust is made up of fine particles that present an explosion hazard when suspended in air under certain conditions. A dust explosion can be catastrophic and cause employee deaths, injuries and destruction of entire buildings. Detailed information on combustible dust hazards and safeguards is available at:
RWS Manufacturing has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, meet with OSHA's area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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