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Monday, February 03, 2014

OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week

OSHA defines a significant citation as one with more than $100,000 in proposed fines. An OSHA citation is a claim by OSHA that there has been a safety violation. It does not mean a violation has taken place, nor that the violation is as severe as claimed. The company has 15 days to contest OSHA claims. The following are the citations OSHA announced last week that have total fines greater than $100,000.

Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services Cited For Repeat Violations ($103,800)


Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services Cited For 11 Safety Violation

Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services Inc. has been cited for 11 safety and health violations by OSHA following a complaint inspection. The inspection found five repeat violations, including failing to provide personal protective equipment and training for workers. OSHA has proposed fines of $103,800.

Five repeat violations involved:
  • a lack of training on electrical safety, hazard communications and powered industrial vehicles
  • failing to ensure workers used personal protective equipment for energized electrical work
  • failing to label coolant bottles.
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. Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services was cited for similar violations at the Dayton facility in 2012.

Six serious violations involved:

  • a lack of machine guarding
  • use of exposed fan blades
  • a lack of written safety procedures for electrical work
  • use of receptacles that were not suitable for a wet environment
  • uncovered floor holes.
The company also lacked specific energy control procedures for machines and equipment, and failed to train employees in lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy.

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.

To view the current citations, visit:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Lapmaster_923289_0123_14.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Lapmaster_923189_0123_14.pdf

Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services is a part of Lapmaster International LLC in Mount Prospect, Ill. The Dayton facility, which processes cast iron, steel and several metal alloys, as well as plastics, Teflon, ceramics and composite materials to finish tolerances for automotive and other manufacturing applications, employs approximately 48 workers.

The company 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. If a 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.


Related Past Posts:
OSHA Significant Citations
Significant OSHA Citations - Forever 21 Cited
More Than $630,000 In Fines

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