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:

* St. Marys Foundry Inc., $253,350 for 31 serious violations, including lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), three willful violations and two other-than-serious violations at the company's operation in St. Marys, Ohio. OSHA inspected after the company had been placed on the agency's site-specific target inspection list due to its high injury rates.

* Provident Pharmaceuticals LLC, Colorado Springs, Colo., $251,500 for six willful and seven serious violations, including inadequate respiratory and eye-and-face protection; OSHA investigated after the company, which manufactures pharmaceutical tablets and syrups, did not adequately address alleged employee exposure to air contaminants or an allegation that employees were covered in dust while performing work in the manufacturing area and when leaving the work area.

* Holo-Krome Inc., Danaher Tool Group, $247,600 for 26 willful, repeat and serious violations of standards at its tool manufacturing plant in West Hartford, Conn.; this represents the third time in six years that OSHA has found widespread safety and health hazards at the plant.

* Dab Masonry LLC, Plainville, Conn., $220,000 for 15 willful, repeat and serious violations during construction of a pharmacy in Enfield, Conn.; citations included workers exposed to fall hazards.

* Stone and Webster Construction's maintenance division, based in Stoughton, Mass., $191,700 for failing to properly record injuries and illnesses at Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) nuclear plants in Tennessee and Alabama; TVA officials contacted OSHA when they noticed discrepancies on the OSHA 300 Log used to record work-related injuries and illnesses.

* Shawnlee Construction LLC, Plainville, Mass., $164,000 for exposing employees to fall hazards at residential construction projects in Newton and Danvers, Mass.

* Insulfoam-Columbus, $155,000 for repeat, willful and serious violations following the death of an employee at the Columbus, Ohio, plant; OSHA inspected after being notified that an employee had died after being crushed by moving machinery that was not guarded properly. …

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