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Monday, October 21, 2013

OSHA Significant Citations

No OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week

There were no significant OSHA citations announced this past week. OSHA defines a significant citation as one with more than $100,000 in proposed fines. The following are some of the recent citations with total fines less than $100,000.


Vestal, NY, Pipe Manufacturer Cited After Fatal Forklift Accident ($67,000)
Fiberdome Inc. Cited For Airborne Hazards at Lake Mills, WI ($49,500)
F&D Head Co. Cited For Amputation and Struck-by Hazards ($88,200)
Hazzard Marine Cited For 32 Safety and Health Violations ($59,200)


National Pipe and Plastics Inc., of Vestal, was cited by OSHA for 16 serious violations of workplace health and safety standards after a March 22 incident in which a truck driver working for different company was fatally struck by a forklift driven by a National Pipe employee.

OSHA inspectors determined that two of the 16 violations found following the March inspection related to the truck driver's death; the truck driver was picking up a load of pipes at the plant. Inspectors found that the forklift had an inoperative backup alarm, and the forklift driver did not have a clear view of the travel path.

OSHA inspectors found additional serious health and safety violations, including:
  • failure to maintain surfaces free of combustible dust
  • failure to maintain fixed stairs at the proper angle
  • failure to provide handrails on exposed sides of stairways
  • failure to provide portable metal ladders with slip-resistant rungs
The total proposed penalties are $67,000. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with the OSHA area director, or contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse Area Office.


Fiberdome Inc. was cited by OSHA for 10 health violations and $49,500 in penalties following a March investigation of the Lake Mills fiberglass manufacturing plant. Workers were exposed to styrene, a chemical used extensively in the manufacture of plastics, rubber and resins-in excess of permissible limits.

OSHA initiated the inspection after receiving a referral alleging workers were experiencing respiratory irritation due to chemical exposure.

There were seven serious violations:
  • allowing worker exposure to airborne concentrations of styrene in excess of recommended exposure limits
  • failing to develop a written respirator protection program
  • failing to provide adequate respiratory protection and training to workers
  • failing to conduct a personal protection equipment hazards assessment
  • failing to train workers on hazards associated with chemicals used in the factory
  • not providijng safety data sheets to a physician treating a worker for occupational illness
  • not keepingp the production area free of excess fiberglass and styrene
An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

Workers who make fiberglass products are potentially exposed to styrene. For more information on this chemical, see https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/styrene.

One repeat violation was cited for failing to require workers to use appropriate hand protection when exposed to hazardous chemicals. A similar violation was cited in 2011 at the same facility.

Two other-than-serious violations were cited for:
  • record-keeping deficiencies
  • failing to properly label containers carrying hazardous chemicals
Fiberdome Inc. 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.


OSHA cited Fort Worth F&D Head Co. for 18 serious safety violations, resulting in $88,200 in proposed penalties, for exposing workers to struck-by and amputation hazards.

OSHA's Fort Worth Area Office began an inspection on April 17 under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. The inspection found that workers were exposed to struck-by hazards associated with rigging and moving of heavy metal with overhead cranes, and to amputation hazards from a lack of guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

The serious safety violations include failing to:
  • provide required machine guarding
  • regularly inspect overhead cranes, hooks and slings
  • develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures
  • provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords
  • ensure all lifting devices were inspected and rated sufficient to carry heavy materials, such as spreader bars and hydraulic lifts
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.

Fort Worth F&D Head Co., which employs approximately 168 workers and operates two manufacturing plants in Texas, 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.


OSHA cited Hazzard Marine LLC, located in Georgetown, SC, with 32 safety and health violations and $59,200 in proposed penalties following a May inspection prompted by a complaint at the marina in Georgetown.

Twenty-eight serious safety and health violations, with $58,800 in penalties, include failure to:
  • develop and implement a written respiratory protection program
  • identify and evaluate respiratory hazards in the workplace
  • develop, implement or maintain a written hazard communication program
  • designate a competent person to perform inspections and tests, such as air sampling in a confined space
  • ensure visual inspection of spaces containing combustible or flammable liquids before workers' initial entry
  • to train workers about the dangers associated with working in confined/enclosed spaces
  • establish an in-house rescue team, or make arrangements with an outside agency for prompt emergency response
  • determine the potential hazards that require the use of personal protective equipment
  • require industrial truck operators to wear seat belts
  • prevent em ployees from using equipment without proper training, or when equipment is in need of repair
  • limit the use of compressed air for cleaning to less than 30 psi
  • have a first aid provider available during each shift
  • have a written fire safety plan
  • equipment guarding
  • eliminate electrical and explosion hazards
Four other-than-serious violations, with $400 in penalties, related to:
  • failing to have an air compressor with the glass cover over the pressure gauge
  • failing to record workplace injuries and illnesses on OSHA's 300 log for 2013
  • failing to post signs that read "no smoking" in the paint spray area
  • failing to have hot or tepid running water in the lavatory
Hazzard Marine provides services for boat repair, cleaning, storage, dock rental and refitting. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA's Columbia area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Related Past Posts:
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Testori Interiors Cited For 24 Safety Violations
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