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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Saturday, July 13, 2013

No OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week

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

There has not been much safety news this week, nor has OSHA announced any significant citations. OSHA defines "significant" as a citation with fines that total more than $100,000. The following is a list of the "non-significant" citations OSHA announced last week.

OSHA cited G2K Corp. in Lakewood, CO with 13 safety violations following a March incident in which a worker was injured when an overhead crane dropped a load, in amputation at the knee. The citations include one willful and one repeat violation. They carry $82,600 in proposed penalties.

The willful violation was for failing to use an approved lifting device to attach the load to the hook of the overhead crane. An unapproved C-clamp slid off a 2,600-pound press brake ram as it was lifted, causing the ram to fall to the ground and pin the worker.

The repeat violation was for failing to guard a lathe and two milling machines.

Some of the eight serious violations involved forklift-powered industrial trucks and failure to:
  • provide seat belts
  • conduct daily inspections
  • train workers
Three other-than-serious violations involved:
  • failing to label exit doors
  • failing to mark voltage ratings on electrical panels and make them accessible
  • failing to label circuit breakers

Ardagh Glass Inc. has been cited by OSHA for one willful and one serious safety violation after a worker suffered a finger amputation and crushed hand while removing a glass mold from a bottle-shaping machine at the company's facility in Warner Robins, GA. OSHA initiated an inspection in response to the incident under its National Emphasis Program on Amputations. The fines total $77,000.

The willful violation involved failing to develop and utilize lockout/tagout procedures when workers are performing service and setup operations on equipment.

The serious violation involves failing to ensure workers that operate equipment were protected to prevent contact at the point of operation with moving parts and molten glass.

OSHA cited Supermarket Equipment Sales for 17 safety and health violations following a February complaint about the company's facility in Rutledge, GA. Proposed penalties total $62,300.

Fifteen serious safety and health violations included:
  • failing to ensure the lighting installed in the spray booths was explosion-proof
  • failing to provide machine guarding
  • failing to ensure respirators were maintained in sanitary condition
  • failing to maintain a written hazard communication program
  • failing to develop specific lockout/tagout procedures for equipment
  • failing to provide workers with training on energy control procedures
  • failing to inspect powered industrial trucks with deficiencies before putting them into service
  • failing to store carbon dioxide cylinders where they could not be knocked over
  • failing to ensure two-ton hooks were not overloaded beyond their rated capacity
  • failing to ensure covers were installed on electrical panels
  • exposingd employees to fire, explosion and fall hazards
  • allowing the amount of flammable/combustible paint stored in the spray booth to exceed a one-day supply
Two other-than-serious violations with no monetary penalties were also cited for allowing employees to operate a powered industrial truck that had not been evaluated since 2004, and for not ensuring fire extinguishers were charged and ready for use.

Concrete products manufacturer Tileco Inc. in Kapolei, HI was cited for 23 violations of OSHA workplace safety and health standards. The proposed fines are $50,400. An inspection was conducted in May under OSHA's National Emphasis Program for amputations.

Twenty-two serious violations were cited. They include:
  • failing to evaluate workplace hazards adequately
  • failing to protect workers from amputation hazards associated with unguarded machinery and gears
  • failing to protect workers from the unexpected startup of equipment during maintenance and setup
  • failing to protect workers from confined space hazards
  • not providing training on the use of powered industrial trucks
  • not having a written respiratory program
  • failing to ensure the proper fit and use of respirators
  • workers using respiratory protection not having medical evaluations
  • fall hazards associated with unprotected platforms
OSHA also cited Tileco Inc. for one other-than-serious violation for modifying a powered industrial truck without approval from the manufacturer.

Site Maintenance Inc., located in Elgin, IL, was cited OSHA for willful, repeat and serious safety violations that carry proposed penalties of $73,920. The company failed to provide employees who worked on roofs with fall protection at two job sites in Schaumburg, IL.

There was one willful violation cted for failing to provide and ensure the use of fall protection during roofing work on pitched roof surfaces.

The OSHA citations included three repeat violations, including:
  • failing to provide fall protection for workers on a roof at a second job site
  • two incidents of failing to ensure the use of head protection.
Citations for serious violations involved:
    Plant Cited
  • using an indoor power strip not rated for outdoor conditions and use
  • failing to provide a ground fault circuit interrupter on a generator
  • failing to provide approved containers for flammable liquids
  • workers climbing ladders while carrying objects that can cause a loss of balance
  • using an extension ladder on uneven surfaces

Related Past Posts:
Significant Citations - Texas Meat Packing Plant Cited
 OSHA Significant Citations
OSHA Significant Citations - Environmental Company Fined

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