Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA $100,000 Club of Safety Citations

Magazine article Occupational Hazards

OSHA $100,000 Club of Safety Citations

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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed penalties of $100,000 or more for these recent alleged failures to protect workers from potential hazards, including many that could have been avoided or mitigated by safety equipment. Companies have 15 business days from receipt of citations and fines to request and participate in an informal conference with OSHA or to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

* Reddy Ice Corporation, $213,200 following inspections at the company's Jacksonville, Fla., and Albany, Ga., facilities. OSHA investigated after a fatality at the Jacksonville location. OSHA issued a willful citation and proposed the maximum $70,000 penalty for unguarded machinery involved in the fatality. The agency proposed additional penalties for 20 other alleged safety and health violations at Jacksonville, including lack of a respirator program for employees, failure to provide audiometric testing, and failure to provide employees exposed to corrosive chemicals with adequate eye and body drenching stations. An inspection at the Albany facility also found several violations.

* Pallet Logistics Management Services, Inc., $187,125 for violations at its Vineland and Swedesboro, N.J., facilities. Citations included four alleged willful violations and 14 alleged serious violations. Willful citations addressed failure to guard machinery and to properly test for noise exposure levels; serious citations included noise hazards, lack of forklift training, and inadequate lockout/tagout.

* Elixir Industries, $150,000 for violations that contributed to the amputation of an employee's fingers at its Douglas, Ga., plant. The California-based company allegedly allowed a defective mechanical power press to continue operating after being notified that repairs and maintenance were necessary. An operator later lost three fingers due to the press' malfunction. OSHA also cited several other hazards at the plant, which makes aluminum extrusions for auto trim, windows and doors.

* Atlantic Detroit Diesel Allison LLC, $135,000 after an investigation into a complaint that employees were exposed to diesel fumes, and that medical emergencies were not handled properly at its Lodi, N. …

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