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Monday, November 04, 2013

Two More Citations With $249,800 In Fines

OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week

OSHA defines a significant citation as one with more than $100,000 in proposed fines. The following are the citations OSHA announced last week that have total fines greater than $100,000.


 

Crossett, Ark., Trucking Company Cited For Asphyxiation Hazards ($113,400)
Frost Tile and Marble Co. Faces Failure To Abate Penalty ($136,400)


Sherman Brothers Trucking Inc. (Crossett, Arkansas), doing business as Team Transport Inc., has been cited by OSHA for 11 safety and health violations, including one willful, for deficiencies of its permit-required confined space program and other workplace hazards at its Crossett facility. An inspection began in April after a temporary worker, who was cleaning the inside of a tanker trailer without proper training, was found unconscious and later died from an oxygen-deficient atmosphere.

"Confined spaces can potentially contain hazardous atmospheres. In this case, the employer failed to implement all aspects of a confined space program, including training its workers," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock. "This lack of regard for worker safety is unacceptable and led to a loss of life."

A willful violation was cited for failing to maintain air monitoring equipment and evaluate permit-required confined space conditions prior to entry. 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.

The seven serious violations cited included failing to:
  • guard open floor holes to prevent falling into the next level
  • stabilize a platform used to access a tanker cleaning area with railings or posts to prevent fall hazards
  • train workers on confined spaces and hazard communications
  • implement respirator, confined space and hazard communications program
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 three other-than-serious violations involved:
  • the availability of confined space training certifications
  • not ensuring drums and totes containing chemicals were properly labeled with identity and hazard warnings.
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.

Proposed penalties total $113,400. The citations can be viewed at:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Sherman_Brothers_Trucking_903056_1028_13.pdf

Team Transport is part of the S.B. Inc. family of companies, headquartered in Harrisburg, Ore., that includes Sherman Brothers Heavy Trucking, Lee's Trucking and Sound Transportation. The employer has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with the area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


Frost Tile and Marble Co. has received citations  with $136,400 in penalties for 10 health and safety violations at its Norton, Ohio tile manufacturing facility. The company failed to abate eight violations cited in 2012, including not implementing engineering controls to prevent exposure to respirable dust containing silica in excess of permissible limits.

As a follow-up to a September 2012 inspection at the facility, OSHA began its inspection in April and found eight failure-to-abate violations that were cited previously.  Those violations involved failing to:
  • protect workers from exposure to respirable dust containing silica in excess of permissible limits
  • implement engineering controls to achieve compliance with exposure limits
  • develop a respiratory protection program
  • verify that the required workplace hazard assessment was performed and certified
  • establish an energy control program
  • provide training on personal protective equipment and fire extinguisher use
  • provide workers with information on hazardous chemicals in the workplace
Several electrical safe work practice violations involved:
  • failing to mark electrical equipment with ratings, voltage and wattage
  • use of nonweatherproof enclosures on switches installed in wet locations
  • using portable electrical equipment and cords in areas where workers are likely to contact water or conductive liquid
A failure-to-abate notice applies to a condition, hazard or practice found upon reinspection that the employer was originally cited for and was not corrected.

The company was also cited for two serious violations, including failing to provide appropriate respirators and to provide individual exposure records to a worker and their designated representative. 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 can be viewed at:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Frost_Tile_and_Marble_Co_900993_1011_13.pdf

Frost Tile and Marble Co. has 15 business days from receipt of its current 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.


Related Past Posts:
No Significant Citations Last Week
West Fertilizer Cited
Testori Interiors Cited For 24 Safety Violations

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