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OSHA Citations: February 2016

By Matt Wastradowski

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A round-up of serious OSHA violations in February 2016:

New York Campground Exposes Employees to Electrical Hazards

OSHA recently fined Equity Lifestyle Properties, which runs Alpine Lake RV Resort in Corinth, New York, nearly $200,000 after finding that employees were exposed to numerous electrical hazards.

The citations included:

  • Employees didn’t de-energize and lock out electrical equipment while performing troubleshooting, maintenance, and other repair work
  • Live electrical parts were exposed and accessible
  • Damaged electrical field boxes were exposed to rain, snow, and wind

In all, OSHA issued $187,000 for two willful and seven serious violations of workplace safety standards.

Cincinnati contractor fined after worker’s death

A 53-year-old roofer dropped 40 feet to the ground and died at a commercial building site in Cincinnati last August. OSHA recently concluded that the death could have been prevented if the employer had provided proper fall protection and subsequently fined R&B Contractors $116,900.

R&B Contractors was found to have committed one willful, 11 serious, and three other-than-serious safety violations after an OSHA inspection.

The worker, who’d been installing a commercial roof when he fell, did so without the use of guardrails, safety nets, or fall protection devices. OSHA also found that the company had failed to train workers about all hazards, record injuries and illnesses, and develop a safety and health program.

Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry. Learn more about fall protection and keeping employees safe.

Roofing company fined nearly $103,000

OSHA fined Skyline Contracting and Roofing Corp., of Taunton, Mass., nearly $103,000 after a worker died when an aerial lift tipped over in August 2015.

Inspectors discovered that the aerial lift wasn’t level, and that the operator’s fall protection lanyard wasn’t connected. In both instances, OSHA found that the man’s employer hadn’t properly trained him to recognize the hazards.

OSHA fined the organization $102,900 for two willful violations and one serious violation.

Copper wire manufacturer fined for exposing workers to hazards

An OSHA inspection found that Tecnofil Chenango SAC, of Sherburne, New York, exposed workers to potentially deadly injuries due to missing or inadequate machine safeguards. The company is now facing $124,740 in fines.

The inspection also found that workers weren’t using adequate fall protection, safety interlocks on equipment had been bypassed, proper lockout/tagout procedures had been ignored, and that slip and trip hazards were present in the facility.

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Home builders cited for fall protection violations

Four Florida contractors amassed $144,830 in fines for exposing workers to fall hazards. The employers received five safety violations in all, including a mix of willful, repeat, and serious citations.

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Food processing company faces fine after employee accidents

Over the course of three, harrowing months in late 2015, three workers at Schwan’s Global Supply Chain Inc. suffered amputations, lacerations, and burns. As a result, OSHA has fined the company more than $172,000 after these accidents—and after finding other safety hazards.

A worker’s glove was caught in an unguarded conveyor chain and sprocket drive assembly in August 2015, leading to the amputation of the worker’s right hand. Several weeks later, another employee suffered a laceration, fractures, and burns after reaching into an unguarded area of the conveyor. And, in late October, a third employee’s hand was inadvertently caught in an unguarded chain and sprocket on the lower side of a conveyor; the employee’s middle finger was later amputated.

OSHA also found that personal protective equipment didn’t fit, oxygen cylinders were stored near highly combustible material, and that exit routes didn’t meet height and width requirements.

Roofing contractor fined more than $115,000 for exposing worker to fall hazards

An Illinois roofing contractor was fined $115,500 after OSHA inspectors saw employees working without fall protection at two different Chicago area job sites within a month.

Ziggy’s Roofing Inc. was issued three repeated, one willful, and one serious citation for allowing workers to work without fall protection or fall prevention devices, work without head protection, and use nail guns without eye protection.

Ohio steel manufacturer cited for failing to provide fall protection

TimkenSteel faces $129,500 in fines after an OSHA investigation found that workers were exposed to falls and that lockout/tagout procedures weren’t followed.

The inspection came after a worker fell 40 feet from a crane and sustained multiple broken bones in August 2015. It was the second life-threatening injury at a TimkenSteel plant in 2015, and OSHA cited the company for two repeated and three serious safety violations.

Dollar General store fined for endangering workers

A Dollar General store in O’Fallon, Mo., was fined $163,000 for nine safety violations that put its workers at risk.

Inspectors found a 5-foot high, 15-foot long pile of trash between employees and an emergency exit; an exit sign posted at a door that was not an exit; unlabeled circuit breakers; and an unlit exit way and emergency exit lighting that did not work.

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