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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, March 10, 2014

No OSHA Significant Citations Announced Last Week

OSHA defines a significant citation as one with more than $100,000 in proposed fines. Last week there were no significant citations announced by OSHA on their web site.

The following are two of the citations that were issued, but have proposed fines less then the $100,000 threshold that OSHA considers significant.

Pressed Paperboard Technologies Facility In Findlay Cited ($81,450)
Coastal Building Systems of Amelia Inc. Cited For Repeat Fall Hazards ($55,000)

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Pressed Paperboard Technologies LLC has been cited by OSHA for nine safety and health violations at the company's Findlay, Ohio facility.

The company has entered into a settlement agreement to resolve the citations that includes providing enhancements to their safety and health program to further protect employees. The company will pay penalties of $81,450.

Two willful violations of federal safety standards concerning electrical work were cited after maintenance employees worked on energized electrical equipment without proper training and personal protective equipment.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Five serious safety violations included:
  • failing to develop machine-specific procedures to prevent accidental start-up or movement of machine parts that can cause injury;
  • not training workers in lockout/tagout procedures when conducting maintenance on machinery;
  • failing to disconnect electrical panels from all energy sources prior to conducting maintenance work;
  • inadequate machine guarding on milling machines;
  • failing to test electrical personal protective equipment every six months.
Two serious health violations involved exposing workers to explosion and fire hazards while working near an indoor dust collector that lacked a means of explosion protection, and failing to establish and implement a written respiratory protection program.

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Coastal Building Systems of Amelia Inc., in Fernandina Beach, has been cited by OSHA for two repeat violations following a September 2013 inspection. OSHA found employees working on a residential roof without fall protection. Proposed penalties total $55,000.

The repeat violations, carrying penalties of $55,000, are associated with inspections in 2010, 2011 and 2012. The company was cited during this inspection for failure to provide a fall protection system for employees working at heights greater than 6 feet and not providing eye protection for employees. 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 facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

The other-than-serious violation was cited for not having first aid supplies or a kit to protect workers from infections and injuries. 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.

Coastal Building Systems is a full-service roofing and siding contractor.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.

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