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Blog Author Steve Hudgik

Weekly safety news. Stay in touch with what is happening at OSHA as well as other workplace safety news. Includes a report on the significant OSHA citations announced the previous week. Plus we scan national and local (and world) publications for workplace safety news. This is your source for the latest safety news.


Monday, December 30, 2013

OSHA Citations - End Of December

We get information about OSHA significant citations from the OSHA web site. There have been no new press releases posted since December 19th.  So this week's post is based on newspaper reports and the most significant citations OSHA announced on December 19th.  We'll have the information on the significant citations as soon as it becomes available through OSHA.

Reliable Casting Corp. Cited For Hazardous Exposures ($293,700)
Rite Aid cited For Hazards In Brooklyn, NY Store ($83,200)
Barrette Outdoor Living Cited by OSHA ($66,550)


The Dayton Daily News is reporting that Reliable Casting Corp., based in Cincinnati, Ohio, has been cited by OSHA for hazardous exposure. The article states:

"Reliable Casting Corp. was cited and fined $293,700 on Wednesday by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 instances of hazardous exposure, according to a release from the federal labor department."

"Eight serious violations were identified during the inspection where hazards could lead to death or serious injury."

You can read the article here.


OSHA has cited Rite Aid for repeat and serious violations of workplace safety standards at the retailer's store located at 185 Kings Highway in Brooklyn. The drugstore chain faces $83,200 in fines following an inspection by OSHA's Manhattan Area Office opened June 19 as a result of a complaint.

Inspectors found workers at the Kings Highway store exposed to falls of up to 11 feet through an unguarded opening adjacent to a conveyor used to move stock from the basement to the sales floor level. Workers also faced laceration hazards due to an uncovered section between a conveyor belt and its drive mechanism. In addition, accumulated merchandise and garbage on the storage room floor exposed workers to trip-and-fall hazards.

OSHA issued Rite Aid one repeat citation with a fine of $70,000 for the fall hazard. 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. OSHA cited Rite Aid in 2012 for a similar hazard at another Brooklyn store at 7118 Third Ave.

Two serious citations, carrying $13,200 in fines, were issued for the unguarded conveyor belt and the trip-and-fall hazards. 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.

Rite Aid, based in Camp Hill, Pa., operates 4,600 stores in 31 states. It 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 Barrette Outdoor Living Inc. in Pendergrass, Georgia, for 14 safety and health violations. An inspection of the fence manufacturing facility began in August after OSHA received a complaint, resulting in $66,550 in proposed penalties.

"This inspection identified a wide range of safety and health hazards that need to be eliminated from the workplace to protect workers from serious injury or death." said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta East Area Office.

Twelve serious safety and health violations include failing to:
  • Provide training on the hearing protection standard.
  • Require workers handling corrosive chemicals to use personal protective equipment.
  • Develop a written hazard communication program for workers in areas with chemicals.
  • Develop a noise monitoring program.
  • Inspect storage racks to prevent collapse.
  • Develop an energy control program for maintaining equipment with multiple energy sources.
  • Reduce air hose pressure to less than 30 pounds-per-square-inch for cleaning.
  • Provide an emergency eyewash station where corrosive chemicals were being used.
  • Develop an educational program for the required use of fire extinguishers.
  • Provide machine guarding on several pieces of equipment to prevent amputation hazards.
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.

Two other-than-serious safety and health violations, with no monetary penalty, involve failing to post a copy of the hearing protection standard where hearing protection is required and to post the load capacity rating above the office being used for storage. 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.

Barrette Outdoor Living is a vinyl, wood and aluminum manufacturer distributing fencing, railing, garden accents and sheds. The company 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:
Five Significant Citations Announced Last Week
Over $751,000 In Significant Citations
Arizona Issues $559,000 Citation

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