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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OSHA has proposed penalties of $100,000 or more for the following recent alleged failures to protect workers from potential hazards, including many that could have been avoided or mitigated by personal protective equipment. Companies have 15 business days from receipt of their citations and fines to request and participate in informal conferences with OSHA or to contest their citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission

* John J. Steuby Co., St. Louis, $788,000 for more than 50 safety and health violations. The company received 12 willful, 37 serious, one repeat and three other-than-serious citations for violations observed during an inspection that began in July 2005 in response to an employee complaint. Many of the willful violations related to hazards caused by machine operation. OSHA discovered during the inspection that there had been numerous serious machine operation injuries, including seven finger amputations.

* Arrow Concrete Co., with seven West Virginia locations, $476,000 for exposing workers to excessive noise and for inadequate respiratory protection. According to OSHA, the company failed to provide audiometric testing to employees exposed to excessive noise; provide medical evaluation, fit testing and training to employees required to use respirators, and ensure that employees using respirators were clean shaven.

* Demolition Contractors, Inc., Omaha, Neb., $265,000 for failure to protect employees from safety and health hazards during demolition operations on a portion of a shopping mall. Violations included failure to use guardrails, safety nets or other arrest systems to protect workers from falls, and failure to ensure all employees wore appropriate personal protective equipment.

* Horsehead Corp., Monaca, Pa., $186,750 following an inspection in response to an accident where an employee stepped into an uncovered condenser pit full of molten zinc and suffered severe leg burns; the company is a zinc manufacturer.

* Unicco Service Co., Methuen, Mass., $152,500 following a June 2005 accident at the New England Executive Park, Burlington, Mass., that killed one worker and severely injured another. The two men fell while cleaning windows without proper attention to safety, including inadequate fall protection. …

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