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Monday, August 12, 2013

OSHA Significant Citations Exceed $540,000 Last Week

This is a summary of the OSHA and state OSHA significant citations announced in the past week. These are citations that have proposed total fines that exceed $100,000.

OSHA cites Hoist Liftruck Mfg. For Repeat Safety Violations ($235,800)
Spectrum Machine Fined For Lead Hazard Exposure ($188,300)
Hanna Steel Corp. Cited For Repeat, Serious Safety Violations ($117,500)

Hoist Liftruck Mfg. Inc. has been cited for 16 health and safety violations, carrying penalties of $235,800, after a March follow-up inspection at its Bedford Park manufacturing facility by OSHA.

Hoist Liftruck Mfg. was cited for two willful safety violations for failing to provide welding screens for workers exposed to welding arcs and for violations of the respiratory protection program. The respiratory protection violations include:
  • failing to provide medical evaluations
  • not fit testing workers
  • failing to maintain respirators in a sanitary condition
  • not storing respirators properly
  • failing to provide training on their use prior to work assignments
A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Four repeat violations involved:
  • failing to provide hazard communication training
  • failing to ensure equipment is properly grounded
  • failing to conduct daily and shift inspections of powered industrial vehicles
  • failing to document monthly crane and hook inspections
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. The same violations were cited in April 2012 at the Bedford Heights facility.

A total of 10 serious safety violations included failing to:
  • provide machine guarding
  • remove damaged powered industrial vehicles from service
  • conduct personal protective equipment assessments
  • provide adequate protective equipment
  • label chemical containers
  • provide hazard information
  • implement an effective hearing conservation program
  • provide adequate hearing protection
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 current citations may be viewed at:

A manufacturer of heavy duty liftrucks, Hoist Liftruck Mfg. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and notice of proposed penalties to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. If the company does not file or contest within that period, it must abate the cited conditions within the period ordered in the citations and pay the proposed penalties.

Spectrum Machine Inc., located in Ravenna, Ohio, has been cited with 13 health violations with proposed penalties of $188,300, after a January inspection by OSHA found workers were exposed to lead and copper fumes above the permissible limits. Three willful violations involve the company's failure to monitor and train workers on lead hazards and develop a hazard communication program.

Spectrum Machine was cited with willful safety violations for:
  • failing to conduct initial monitoring of workers exposed to lead
  • failing to provide training regarding the potential health hazards
  • not taking necessary precautions to prevent lead exposure
  • failing to develop a hazard communication program.
A total of ten serious safety violations were cited, including failing to:
  • develop a noise monitoring program
  • develop a lockout/tagout program to prevent the unintentional operation of machinery
  • provide fire extinguisher training
  • worker exposure to airborne concentrations of both copper fumes and lead in excess of permissible exposure limits.
Five of the serious violations involved OSHA's respiratory protection standards. These citations included:
  • failing to develop and implement a written respiratory protection program
  • not training workers on the respiratory protection program
  • failing to prevent the use of respirators with an inadequate protection factor
  • failing to ensure the proper wear of respirators.

OSHA has placed Spectrum Machine in its 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.

The current citations may be viewed at:

Spectrum Machine manufactures industrial bearing parts and operates two facilities in Ohio. It employs about 50 workers. The company was previously cited in 2006 at its Streetboro facility for 13 violations, including allowing worker exposure to lead in excess of the permissible exposure limit.

OSHA has cited Hanna Steel Corp. in Northport, Alabama, with 15 safety violations and a proposed penalty of $117,500 following a February inspection at the company's Northport facility, conducted as part of the agency's national emphasis program on amputations.

Two repeat violations, with $60,500 in proposed penalties, include failing to develop, document and utilize procedures for potentially hazardous energy during servicing and maintenance of equipment. The company also failed to ensure guards and work rests on the grinders were properly adjusted. The same violations were cited in July 2009.

Nine serious safety violations, with $55,900 in penalties, included:
  • failing to select and require appropriate hand protection for workers exposed to hazards
  • failing to provide hardware to secure and block machines from energy sources while changing shims on a bearing block
  • failing to conduct periodic inspections for specific procedures on equipment
  • failing to provide training on the purpose and function of the energy control program
  • failing to remove forklifts from service that had damaged tires and a broken pendant control panel
  • failing to provide protective screens or personal protective equipment
  • failing to prevent worker exposure to unguarded and rotating parts on equipment
Four other-than-serious violations have also been cited, with $1,100 in proposed penalties, for failing to:
  • ensure an OSHA 300A log was posted
  • provide Appendix D to workers wearing respirators
  • establish and implement a respirator protection program
  • properly label chemical containers
The citations can be viewed at:

Hanna Steel Corp., which manufactures steel tubing and pre-painted steel, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Related Past Posts:
OSHA Significant Citations - Three Citation Totaling $618,000
OSHA Significant Citations - Arkansas Refinery Fined
OSHA Significant Citations - Metal Processing Facility Fined

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