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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Last Week's Significant OSHA Citations


Aluminum Plant Willfully Exposing Workers to Serious Hazards

CANTON, Ohio, $130,200 in fines Employees at Matalco US Inc. in Canton were exposed to amputation, fall hazards and unsafe crane operations. OSHA issued two willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations. The inspection at the manufacturing facility that produces aluminum material for use in automotive rims and other parts was initiated following a complaint. The company has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
During the inspection, workers were found standing on aluminum blocks elevated by a forklift to perform tasks on the furnace. This was an inappropriate use of the forklifts, and it exposed workers to falls of at least 8 feet. OSHA found that live electric equipment operating at high voltages was not guarded against human contact. These hazards resulted in the issuance of two serious violations >> Full story

Worker reports respiratory inflammation after welding in rail car

OMAHA, Nebraska, $133,900 in fines A worker at Watco Investments LLC reported suffering from respiratory inflammation after performing welding work inside a rail car. OSHA has cited the company for three repeat and three serious safety violations, many involving OSHA's confined space safety regulations. 
The inspection found that Watco Companies allowed employees to enter rail cars to perform repair tasks, including welding, without implementing procedures required under OSHA's permit-required confined space regulations. >>  Find out more

Tower collapse results in deaths of 2 cell tower workers

BLAINE, Kansas, $134,400 in fines –  Following the death of two workers from the collapse of a cell tower they were dismantling, OSHA has cited Wireless Horizon Inc. for two willful and four serious safety violations. OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program following the incident. So far in 2014, 11 workers have lost their lives nationwide in the communication tower industry; 13 deaths occurred in 2013.
The tower technicians, ages 25 and 38, were using a load-lifting gin pole attached to the side of the tower with a wire rope sling. The sling failed, causing the gin pole to fall and bring the tower down with it. One of the employees was above the gin pole near the top of the tower, and the second employee was approximately 20 feet below the pole. Both workers fell to the ground during the collapse. As the tower fell, it also struck an adjacent tower, causing it to crumble as well. One of the employees had been with the company two months, while the other employee had only been working there for five months when the incident occurred. OSHA's inspection found that the equipment the company provided the workers was in poor repair. >> Read more

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