Hamilton, NJ, roofing company cited by OSHA for fall, other safety hazards following April accident

HAMILTON, N.J. – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited roofing company Six Star Builders LLC for 12 serious safety violations found at a Hamilton work site. OSHA issued $33,600 in proposed penalties following an April inspection begun in response to a referral from the police department regarding a worker who had fallen from the roof to the third floor during a roof collapse.

“Falls continue to be the leading cause of worker deaths in the construction industry,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “When employers do not take the proper precautions against fall hazards, they show a disregard for worker safety and leave employees vulnerable to unnecessary risks, such as in this incident.”

The violations include the company’s failure to develop an accident prevention program; initiate and maintain a program of frequent, regularly scheduled inspections by a competent person; provide training on the recognition and avoidance of hazards to workers engaged in roofing activities; provide eye protection for workers exposed to chemical hazards from roofing adhesive; and provide a fire extinguisher when using a flammable adhesive. Other violations include failing to inspect the structural integrity of the roof; provide fall protection and training; provide ladders that extend at least 3 feet to access the roof; and provide adequate ladders and ladder training. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24786

OSHA cites E.L. Mustee and Sons in Cleveland for failing to correct violations; proposes $63,490 in fines

CLEVELAND – E.L. Mustee & Sons Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for five violations at its manufacturing facility in Cleveland. Proposed fines total $63,490. The violations include a failure-to-abate violation for not developing an inspection program for mechanical power presses. In March 2012, a citation was issued for the same violation.

“E.L. Mustee & Sons has a responsibility to protect its workers, ensuring they are properly trained to prevent injuries from the unintentional operation of machinery. The company must ensure that equipment, such as mechanical power presses, is properly maintained,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Employers, who are cited for repeat and failure-to-abate violations, demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health.”

The March follow-up inspection found that the company failed to abate a violation cited in March 2012. The inspection found that the company failed to develop a program for regular and periodic inspections of power presses and to train workers to maintain the presses properly. In addition, the company did not provide OSHA with the required abatement documentation for the citations.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24726

Badger Metal Finishing cited by OSHA for 14 violations, including failing to evacuate workers during a natural gas leak

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. – Badger Metal Finishing Inc. has been cited for 17 safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration at its St. Francis metal finishing facility. OSHA’s inspection was prompted by a complaint that workers were not evacuated during a natural gas leak. Proposed penalties total $46,200.

“Failing to evacuate workers during a natural gas leak shows a serious disregard for worker safety and health,” said Chris Zortman, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee. “As an employer, Badger Metal Finishings has a responsibility to maintain a safe and healthful workplace for all its workers. Fortunately, no injuries resulted from this careless action.”

A total of 14 serious safety violations cited include failing to evacuate workers during a gas leak; unguarded stairways and floors leading to a fall hazard; lack of eye protection; inadequate lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy; and blocked electrical panels and use of damaged extension cords. Additionally, violations of OSHA’s respiratory protection program standards were cited, such as lack of a written respiratory program, failing to conduct medical evaluations for respirator use and deficient cleaning. The company also failed to train workers on how to operate powered industrial vehicles and how to remove damaged vehicles from service. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24516

Farmers Cooperative cited by OSHA for exposing workers to grain explosion hazard at Wilber, Neb., grain elevator

WILBER, Neb. – Farmers Cooperative has been cited for two safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration at its Wilber grain elevator.

The violations include allowing grain bin dust to accumulate on surfaces past the allowable OSHA standards, thus increasing the potential of a grain dust explosion, and a repeat violation for fall hazards involving unguarded ladders.

OSHA has proposed fines of $45,500.”Grain dust explosions and falls are known hazards in the grain handling industry, and exposing workers to these dangers is not acceptable,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “As an employer, Farmers Cooperative has the responsibility to maintain a safe and healthful workplace for all its workers. The lack of commitment to worker safety and health must be corrected.”

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24492

Arkansas refinery cited for willful and repeat violations after follow-up OSHA inspection found workers exposed to hazards

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Martin Operating Partnership LP has been cited for five safety and health violations, including one willful and one repeat, with proposed penalties totaling $126,900. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found deficiencies in the employer’s process safety management program and other workplace hazards at its Smackover refinery.

The inspection, which began in January, was a follow-up to a 2010 inspection initiated under the agency’s Petroleum Refinery Process Safety Management National Emphasis Program. PSM encompasses a detailed set of requirements and procedures employers must follow to address hazards proactively that are associated with processes and equipment that use large amounts of hazardous chemicals. In this case, it involves the production of naphthenic crude oil.

The one willful violation involve failing to ensure relief valves were properly sized and of adequate capacity to provide relief, for units such as, but not limited to, Crude Unit #1. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The repeat violation involves failing to ensure process safety information included the relief system design for a Crude Unit. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. A similar violation was cited in the 2010 inspection.

via 2013 – 07/25/2013 – Arkansas refinery cited for willful and repeat violations after follow-up OSHA inspection found workers exposed to hazards.

OSHA cites Ardagh Glass in Warner Robins, Ga., for willful and serious violations following amputation of worker’s finger

WARNER ROBINS, Ga. – Ardagh Glass Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one willful and one serious safety violation after a worker suffered a finger amputation and crushed hand while removing a glass mold from a bottle-shaping machine at the company’s facility in Warner Robins. OSHA initiated an inspection in response to the incident under its National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

The willful violation involves failing to develop and utilize lockout/tagout procedures when workers are performing service and setup operations on equipment. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

The serious violation involves failing to ensure workers that operate equipment were protected to prevent contact at the point of operation with moving parts and molten glass. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

https://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24336

OSHA cites Great Western Products Co. for repeat violations after investigations at Assumption, Ill., plant

ASSUMPTION, Ill. – Great Western Products Co. has been cited for 33 safety and health violations, including three repeat and 24 serious violations. The citations follow three inspections by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration and carry penalties of $93,250. Twelve of the serious violations involve grain handling standards at the company’s Assumption facility, which handles raw grain before processing and packaging it for distribution as popcorn. The violations included exposing workers to engulfment hazards in bins storing corn.

“Engulfment, falls and entanglement are real hazards in grain bins, and exposing workers to those dangers is not acceptable,” said Tom Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria. “Great Western Products is responsible for maintaining a safe and healthful workplace. The lack of commitment to worker safety and health must be addressed.”

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24321

US set to suspend Bangladesh trade privileges , – concerns over labor rights and worker safety – The Times of India

WASHINGTON: The United States is expected to suspend trade privileges for Bangladesh because of concerns over labor rights and worker safety that intensified after hundreds died there in the global garment industry’s worst accident.

Congressional aides said the Obama administration would make its announcement on Thursday, the culmination of a years long review of labor conditions in the impoverished South Asian nation.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/US-set-to-suspend-Bangladesh-trade-privileges/articleshow/20793228.cms

Timpson, Texas, sawmill cited by OSHA for violations after a worker was killed, other workers exposed to many hazards

DALLAS – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Nix Forest Industries Inc. in Timpson, Texas, with 17 safety and health violations, including one willful, after a worker was killed in December 2012 when he was struck by a broken band saw blade and other workers were exposed to hazards at the sawmill.

The willful violation resulted from failing to use control procedures for hazardous energy when cleaning, removing debris and unjamming equipment and machinery. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

http://www.osha.gov/pls/oshaweb/owadisp.show_document?p_table=NEWS_RELEASES&p_id=24141

Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror

Three months after the collapse of a slab killed a worker and injured 16 others, work on the Airport Road metro station has come to a standstill, after the State Labour Department issued a ‘stop work’ order to the authorities for failure to comply with worker safety norms.

While the metro rail project is being undertaken by Mumbai Metro One Private Limited, construction at Andheri Kurla Road has been contracted to Hindustan Construction Company.

 Stop work notice for Mumbai Metro – Mumbai Mirror 

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