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August 07, 2012
OSHA Site-Specific Enforcement Program Targets Steel Fabricator

A steel products maker in Augusta, Maine was recently inspected and cited by OSHA for alleged willful, repeat, and serious violations of safety standards under OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting Program (SSTP). The company faces a total of $132,000 in proposed fines for electrical, crushing, laceration, and other hazards.

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OSHA's SSTP targets workplaces that have had higher than average injuries for the previous program year. The Targeting Program is one of the primary ways OSHA directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

Read more about OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program.

OSHA found that the company's maintenance employees were not supplied with, and did not use, personal protective equipment to protect themselves against the hazards of electric shock, arc flash, and arc blast. The employer also permitted the use of extension cords as a substitute for fixed wiring. A similar condition led to a citation at another company plant in 2010.

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