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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Last Week's Significant OSHA Citations

It was a big week for OSHA violations.

Significant citations:

Illinois, $497,000 in fines - A worker was killed when his arm got caught in a conveyor belt. This conveyor was not guarded and the shredder was not locked out prior to the workers entering the pit. OSHA's investigation determined that management was aware of this. OSHA has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The worker is survived by a wife and two little girls. >> Read full story

Jacksonville, FL, $186,340 in fines - Justin Construction Co. LLC has been cited with six safety violations after OSHA inspectors observed employees at three work sites performing residential construction without using a fall protection system. Three willful violations were cited for the employer's failure to provide a fall protection system where employees were conducting decking work at heights of 6 feet or more, and for allowing workers to use the top step of a stepladder. Two repeat violations were issued for permitting workers to use pressurized nail guns without providing proper eye protection and failing to provide fall protection systems for employees working on steep roofs at elevations between 10 and 16 feet. >> Full story

Oklahoma, $341,550 in fines - For exposing workers to cancer-causing health hazards by inhaling, absorbing and ingesting cancer-causing hexavalent chromium, Pride Plating Inc. received 38 violations. Nine repeat violations were mainly cited for chromium violations, including failure to provide safe PPE for workers exposed to chromium; demarcate regulated areas where chromium was sprayed; prevent ingestion of food and drinks and absorption of cigarettes in chromium-regulated areas; and properly train workers exposed to the facility's chromium, caustics and corrosives. Similar violations were cited in 2009.

The remaining 29 violations-including 28 serious-were cited for failure to provide adequate walking and working surfaces; separate locker space and storage for street clothing and protective clothing; perform personal protective equipment hazard assessments; and guard power transmission belts. Respirator violations included failing to implement a respiratory program and fit test and ensure respirators were stored in a sanitary location. Chromium violations included failure to inform workers of their exposure records, provide adequate washing facilities and label chemical containers. >> Full story

Other OSHA citations last week:

Nebraska, $84,000 in fines - Following the death of a 73-year-old worker who sustained fatal injuries from falling while loading a tanker truck, Farmers Cooperative has been cited for one repeat and two serious safety violations at its fertilizer plant. >> Full story

Kansas City, $12,000 in fines - BNSF Railway ordered to pay $12K to worker disciplined for taking doctor-ordered leave. OSHA's investigation upheld the allegation that the railroad company disciplined the conductor, who has been employed there since 2004, in retaliation for taking leave in line with a doctor's treatment plan. The employee was ill and notified a supervisor that he was seeing a doctor. Following his doctor's appointment, the conductor immediately notified a supervisor that the doctor had ordered him to stay out of work for the remainder of the day, due to a personal illness. The company then accused the employee of violating its attendance policy and subsequently disciplined the employee. >> Full story

Chicago, $76,340 in fines - B & T Underground fined $76,340 for exposing workers to trench cave-ins, OSHA issues repeat, willful and serious violations >> Full story

Georgia, $92, 581 in fines - Georgia parts manufacturer failed to establish a training program for workers exposed to high noise levels, develop and implement a hazard communication program, and identify pedestrian walkways in areas where industrial trucks operated. Additionally, the employer exposed workers to fire and explosion hazards due to combustible wood dust accumulation. >> Full story

Wisconsin, $32,890 in fines - Procedures for handling liquid chlorine, a highly hazardous chemical, at Beck Aluminum Alloys Ltd., were lacking according to an investigation by OSHA. The company recycles aluminum and produces alloys used in various applications. >> Full story

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