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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, February 10, 2014

OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week - Over $873,000 In Fines

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 of $100,000 or more.

Automotive Manufacturer - Amputation and Laceration Hazards ($207,100)
Wire Manufacturer Cited For Electrical And Other Hazards ($109,340)
Innovia Films Cited For Flammable Chemical Hazards ($112,500)
Lucas Marine Acquisition Co. Cited Following Fatality ($290,000)
Arlington Plating Co. Cited For Repeat Violations ($155,430)


Georgia Automotive Manufacturer Cited For Amputation and Laceration Hazards

OSHA has cited HP Pelzer Automotive Systems Inc. of Thomson, Georgia, and staffing agency Sizemore Inc. for 22 safety and health violations. OSHA initiated its inspection in July 2013 in response to a complaint alleging hazards at the automotive manufacturing facility. Proposed penalties total $207,100.

"HP Pelzer continues to put workers at risk of serious injury or death by failing to correct unguarded equipment and other serious hazards," said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA's Atlanta-East Area Office. "Additionally, Sizemore must work proactively with its client to ensure temporary workers receive appropriate safety and health training."

HP Pelzer, a supplier of automotive parts for major car manufacturers, employs approximately 10,000 workers across nine facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. The Thomson facility, which produces parts, such as outer dashes and hood liners, employs 256 workers-176 of which are temporary. Sizemore is the temporary staffing agency under contract with HP Pelzer.

OSHA cited HP Pelzer for 11 serious safety and health violations
, carrying $80,100 in penalties. The inspection found that the employer failed to
  • prevent compressed air from being used for cleaning without a means to regulate the pressure
  • protect workers from potential thermal skin burns from unprotected hot pipes and fittings
  • develop and implement written lockout/tagout procedures for machinery repair
  • ensure exit routes were not blocked
  • develop and implement a hazard communication program for those exposed to formaldehyde
OSHA cited HP Pelzer for three repeat violations, carrying penalties of $121,000, which were associated with previous inspections in 2008 and 2009. Multiple citations for similar hazards were previously issued at other HP Pelzer facilities. Workers were again exposed to amputation and laceration hazards stemming from a lack of guarding on machine parts.

The contract with Sizemore, which maintains an administrative office at the facility, specifies that the staffing agency will provide workers with some of the training before their assignment. As a result, the staffing agency was issued one serious health citation, with $6,000 in penalties, for not providing temporary workers with training regarding formaldehyde and its hazards.

In April 2013, OSHA announced an initiative to improve workplace safety and health for temporary workers. Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows fatal work injuries involving contractor worker fatalities, including temporary help service workers, accounted for 708-or 16 percent-of the 4,383 fatal work injuries in 2012. Additional details are available at: http://bls.gov/iif/home.htm.

The current citations can be viewed at:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/HP_Pelzer_Automotive_Systems_Inc_924666_0128_14.pdf
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/HP_Pelzer_Automotive_Systems_Inc_926903_0128_14.pdf

Both companies have 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 & Health Review Commission.



Connecticut Manufacturer Cited For New and Recurring Hazards

OSHA has cited Radcliff Wire Inc. for serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards following an inspection by OSHA's Hartford Area Office. An inspection of the Bristol, CT, wire products manufacturer began on July 23, 2013, under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program, resulting in $109,340 in proposed fines.

"The sizable fines proposed here reflect the breadth and gravity of these hazards and the fact that this employer has been cited previously for several of these conditions," said Warren Simpson, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "Left uncorrected, plant employees are exposed to hazards, such as electric shock, arc flashes, fire, eye and crushing injuries. It's imperative that employers not just correct hazards, but effectively prevent their recurrence."

Inspectors at the 97 Ronzo Road plant found similar violations to those cited in October 2009, including failing to:
  • train maintenance personnel on the practices of using the personal protective equipment required for protection against electric shock, arc flashes or arc blasts while trouble-shooting or working on live electrical equipment
  • use fixed wiring, rather than extension cords, to power equipment
  • prevent blocked access to an electrical disconnect
  • provide designated workers with annual hands-on fire extinguisher training
  • review the hazardous energy control program annually to prevent machine startup during maintenance
These violations resulted in $53,900 in proposed fines. 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.

Fifteen serious citations, with $55,440 in fines, regard new violations, including:
  • failing to prevent the plant electrician from working on live electrical equipment before it was deenergized
  • provide a program to inspect the hydrogen piping systems for defects or hazards
  • inspect protective gloves every six months
  • store flammable chemicals properly
  • dispose of flammable rags properly
  • provide a written chemical hazard communication program
  • label hazardous chemical containers
  • guard moving machine parts
  • prevent excess air pressure for a cleaning hose
  • provide protective goggles while operating a cleaning hose
  • provide eye protection for those working with corrosive chemicals
  • periodically inspect slings used to lift dies
  • and additional electrical hazards
The citations can be viewed at:
http://go.usa.gov/BbTY 
http://go.usa.gov/BbTe

Radcliff Wire Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its failure-to-abate notices, citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet informally with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Information about controlling electrical hazards is available at: http://www.osha.gov/Publications/osha3075.pdf.


Flammable Chemical Hazards Cited At Kansas Film Plant

Innovia Films Inc. has been cited by OSHA for 19 safety violations. The Tecumseh, Kansas plant, which produces films used in packaging, has been cited for exposing workers to flammable chemicals. OSHA has proposed penalties of $112,500.

The inspection was initiated in July 2013 under OSHA's Process Safety Management Covered Chemical Facilities National Emphasis Program. The inspection found employees were exposed to health and safety hazards because the company lacked an appropriate process safety management program.

"Process safety management programs are designed to prevent the catastrophic release of highly hazardous chemicals,"
said Judy Freeman, OSHA's area director in Wichita. "The plant needs to ensure all equipment and new installations receive the proper evaluation and scrutiny before utilizing highly hazardous chemicals in the manufacturing process."

Process safety management encompasses a detailed set of requirements and procedures employers must follow to address hazards proactively that are associated with processes and equipment that use large quantities of hazardous chemicals. In this case, the majority of violations relate to potential flammable hazards stemming from the use of carbon disulfide, tetrahydrofuran and toluene processes.

The 17 serious process safety management violations included failing to:
  • update and complete a thorough process hazard analysis
  • resolve previous process hazard analysis action items
  • compile and implement written procedures for mechanical integrity
  • implement a management-of-change program and provide training for the process safety management manual.
The additional two serious violations involved exposing workers to fall hazards and failure to provide personal protective equipment.

OSHA's standards contain specific requirements for the management of hazards associated with processes using dangerous chemicals. Additional information is available online at:
http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/processsafetymanagement/index.html.

To view the current citations go to:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/InnoviaFilmsInc_924097_0128_14.pdf

Innovia Films Inc. employs about 185 workers at its Tecumseh plant and 1,350 worldwide. The company is based in Wigton, United Kingdom. The company's U.S. headquarters are in Atlanta, with other offices in Belgium and Australia. The company is a global manufacturer of two types of specialty film products. The products are used in packaging, labels, tobacco overwrap and the securities markets.


Fatality at City of Fort Pierce Marina Was The Second in Five Months For The Stuart, Florida Company

Following the drowning death of an untrained worker, Lucas Marine Acquisition Co. LLC (Fort Pierce, FL) has been cited for 22 safety violations by OSHA. The employee died while doing surface supplied-air diving during underwater construction activities for the City of Fort Pierce Marina storm protection project on Aug. 6, 2013.

Due to the alleged willful violations found at the site, the company has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. Under the program, OSHA may inspect any of the employer's facilities or job sites.

OSHA issued three willful citations for the employer's failure to:
  • Ensure workers performing underwater diving operations had adequate experience and training to perform the work safely.
  • Provide employees engaged in diving operations with two-way voice communications for emergency assistance.
  • Ensure the designated person-in-charge was trained and had experience with planning, performing and overseeing dive operations safely.
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.

Additionally, 12 serious violations included failing to:
  • provide members of the dive team with CPR training
  • assess the hazards of underwater conditions to include tidal current, underwater obstructions, limited visibility and marine traffic
  • inspect the air compressor, filters or regulators
  • provide divers with a kink-resistant air line during dive operations.
To view the current citations and seven other-than-serious violations, visit:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/LMAC_926866_20140204.pdf

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.

OSHA has proposed a total of $290,000 in penalties.

OSHA last inspected the company in March 2013. The inspection resulted in one serious and one other-than-serious citation in response to the death of an employee who was struck by a front-end loader that loaded barges. The employer entered into a settlement agreement with OSHA on Sept. 13, 2013, and paid $2,000 in penalties for the serious violation of failing to protect a 500-gallon portable steel tank containing diesel fuel from collision damage by a front-end loader.

According to Bureau of Labor Statistics preliminary data from the Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries, fatal work injuries in Florida accounted for 209 of the 4,383 fatal work injuries reported in 2012. Additional details are available at: http://bls.gov/iif/home.htm.


Automotive plating plant cited for exposing workers to guarding, electrical, and other hazards.

OSHA has cited Arlington Plating Co. (Palatine, Illinois) for 25 safety violations, carrying proposed penalties of $155,430. OSHA initiated an inspection of the plant in August 2013 under the Site-Specific Targeting Program, which targets facilities with a higher than average illness and injury rate.

Five repeat violations were found, involving:
  • Lack of machine guarding on rotating parts.
  • Failing to use relocatable power taps, in accordance with labeling.
  • Not closing unused openings in electrical boxes.
  • Using electrical outlet boxes that were missing basic safety features.
  • Failing to maintain dry walking and working surfaces.
The same violations were cited in 2010 and 2012.

Twenty serious safety citations were issued to the company. Ten of those violations were cited in response to unsafe electrical work practices, including allowing employees to access electrical equipment where rust and corrosion was present, and for allowing employees to access live electrical cabinets without proper safety equipment.

Four of the serious safety citations were issued for inadequate machine guarding on table saws, motors, pulleys and belts.

The other serious safety violations included lack of hazardous energy control procedures, using ladders without secure footing and not having an emergency exit for employees in one area of the facility.

To view the citations, visit:
http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/ArlingtonPlatingCompany_929496_0205_14.pdf

Arlington Plating Co. employs about 110 workers. OSHA cited it three times in 2010 and twice in 2012.


Related Past Posts:
OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week
OSHA Significant Citations
Significant OSHA Citations - Forever 21 Cited

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