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March 12, 2013
The pitfalls of noncompliance

Excavator fails to protect workers
Excavation contractor
Arizona            OSHA Region 9
Serious violations: According to OSHA, following an investigation into the death of a worker, the contractor was cited for failing to visually inspect the quick-coupler device before or after attachment and before use; instruct the operator to recognize and avoid operation of the excavator's bucket shovel in close proximity to other workers; and ensure the work area was free from recognized hazards, including struck-by hazards during trenching.
Penalty: $8,400 proposed fine. 

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Repeat violator to pay more than $125k
Soft drink company
Pennsylvania     OSHA Region 3
Safety and health violations: According to OSHA, the repeat violations are due to electrical hazards; failing to conduct baseline and annual audiograms, establish noise engineering controls, provide noise training, provide machine guarding, machine-specific hazardous energy control procedures and training; failing to ensure means of egress was unobstructed; and failure to ensure proper use of flexible cable.
Penalty: $125,865 fine.

Iron foundry exposes workers
Iron foundry
Wisconsin                     OSHA Region 5
Serious violations: The company was cited for 24 serious violations, including OSHA's confined space permit regulations; excessive accumulation of sand and dust; unguarded railings; failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment for eyes, hands, and face to protect against metal splash hazards; provide hazardous energy control procedures; provide employees effective information and training on hazardous chemicals in their work area; and provide employee representatives with access to exposure records within a reasonable time frame. Several violations were cited regarding respiratory protection, including a lack of medical evaluations, fit testing, and training.
Penalty: $274,500 proposed fine.

 

Tire recycler fails to abate
Tire recycling company
Wisconsin         OSHA Region 5
Safety violations: The recycler was cited with 12 safety violations after a November 2012 follow-up inspection found the employer has failed to abate previous citations by developing a written hazard communication program and training workers on its requirements.
Penalty: $53,856 proposed fine.

Roofer cited for fall hazards
Roofing contractor
Connecticut      OSHA Region 7
Safety violations: OSHA found workers exposed to falls of up to 11 feet 2 inches while they installed roofing without the use of fall protection. The workers had not been trained to recognize fall hazards, and workers using a pneumatic nail gun were not wearing eye protection.
Penalty: $44,880 fine.

Painter slapped with nearly 460k in fines
Painting company
Pennsylvania                 OSHA Region 3
Health and safety violations: According to OSHA, the contractor was cited with 38 alleged violations—including 14 willful and 11 repeat—found at bridge work sites in Slatington, Harrisburg, and Slatedale, where workers were exposed to lead and other safety and health hazards while performing abrasive blasting and repainting projects.
Penalty: $459,844 fine.

Heat exposure results in death
Roofing company
Ohio                             OSHA Region 5
Serious violations: According to OSHA, the serious violations involve failing to provide a program addressing heat-related hazards in the workplace and to train workers on recognizing the signs and symptoms of heat-related illnesses, including taking such preventive measures as consuming adequate amounts of water.

Penalty: $8,820 fine.
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