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Blog Author Angelique Sanders

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Monday, October 13, 2014

Last Week's Significant OSHA Citations


Employee Dies when Drain Sprays BPA

Ohio, $134,000 in fines – An employee at Haverhill Chemicals LLC was clearing a blockage on a drain line to a reactor when an expansion joint failed and caused a thermally heated chemical mixture to spew onto the employee. The mixture predominately contained Bisphenol A, commonly known as BPA, and hydrochloric acid, acetone and phenol, used in the manufacture of resins, flame retardants and coatings. The employee died.

OSHA has cited the manufacturer for 21 serious and two other-than-serious safety violations. Many of the violations involve OSHA's Process Safety Management Standards, which contain specific requirements for managing highly hazardous chemicals used in work. The company has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  >> Full story

Construction Company Cited for 25 Violations

Connecticut, $107,100 in fines – Rockville Construction LLC faces fines for inadequate safeguards against lead exposure, respirator deficiencies, falls and electrical hazards.
The lead-related hazards included employee exposure to high lead levels from scraping lead-containing paint; the employer's failure to provide effective controls to reduce lead exposure levels; failure to determine lead exposure levels or conduct biological monitoring; and failure to train employees about lead hazards and safeguards.
In addition, the company had no written respiratory protection program, did not train its employees on the purpose, selection, fitting, use and limitations of respirators, and failed to conduct medical evaluations to determine workers' fitness to wear respirators.  >> OSHA’s regulation §1910.134, respiratory protection

Florida Construction Company Added to SVEP List

Florida, $355,300 in fines – GP Roofing & Construction LLC and Archer Exteriors Inc. were cited for 12 safety violations and placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
They were cited for three willful safety violations, four repeat violations, and three serious violations. A serious citation 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.  >> Find out more

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