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OSHA Citations: January 2016

By Matt Wastradowski

Food Packaging Manufacturer Faces Fines for Numerous Violations

OSHA cited Alabama company Genpak on Jan. 13, 2016, for nine safety violations. Genpak, which makes food packaging products, faces penalties totaling $103,000.

OSHA’s citations against Genpak include:

  • Failure to implement specific lockout/tagout procedures
  • Exposure to fall hazards from unguarded platforms
  • Failure to use an explosion-proof forklift in an area filled with flammable gas
  • Failure to protect workers from electrical deficiencies
  • Failure to notify OSHA of a workplace amputation within 24 hours

The inspections came about after OSHA learned of two workplace injuries that occurred in the summer of 2015.

Recycling Company Cited After 12 Violations

A New York company faces nearly $120,000 in fines after being cited by OSHA for 12 violations of workplace safety.

OSHA fined Peconic Recycling $119,000 on Dec. 19, 2015, for violations including lockout/tagout, confined spaces, hazard training, and fall protection.

"This incident and serious injuries suffered by three employees were preventable. The company knew programs needed to be in place to address and prevent these hazards, yet did not provide required and adequate safeguards," said Anthony Ciuffo, OSHA's area director for Long Island. "For the well-being of its employees, Peconic Recycling & Transfer Co. must take prompt and effective corrective action to ensure that this never happens again."

Roofing company cited for faulty fall protection

OSHA recently cited New Hampshire’s High & Dry Roofing $152,460 for failing to protect workers from deadly falls.

OSHA inspectors found that employees worked at heights of 20 feet and taller without fall protection or ladder safeguards. A follow-up inspection two days later revealed no change, prompting the citations.

Other violations include a lack of hard hats and eye protection, locating scaffolding too close to a live electrical line, inadequate scaffold access, using ladders on scaffold platforms, and failing to train workers on proper fall protection.

Roofing company cited for exposing workers to fall hazards

OSHA has cited Latite Roofing and Sheet Metal of Plantation, Florida, for repeatedly exposing workers to fall hazards. The commercial and residential roofing company faces $115,500 in fines for allowing employees to work from heights of up to 27 feet without proper fall protection.

"Latite has been cited numerous times by OSHA in the past five years for exposing workers to fall hazards, yet we are still finding these violations at their work sites," said Condell Eastmond, OSHA's area director in Fort Lauderdale. "Employers have a legal obligation to provide any necessary equipment, such as a fall protection, to ensure their workers can perform their duties safely."

Bridge Repair Company Named “Severe Violator,” Faces $140,000 in Fines

Susquehanna Supply Company, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania, faces $140,000 in fines after being cited for exposing workers to cave-in hazards.

The citation came about after the company notified OSHA that an employee died in a trench collapse in July 2015. Following an investigation, OSHA determined that the company failed to comply with safety practices meant to prevent cave-in hazards and tragedies.

Dollar General Cited for Exposing Employees to Safety and Health Hazards

OSHA fined Dollar General $162,800 for five violations at its store in Sherman, Texas.

The violations covered a variety of offenses, including failure to keep exit routes marked, clear, and unobstructed; failure to keep store aisles clean and clear; and failure to keep portable fire extinguishers mounted and accessible.

“Dollar General stores nationwide have repeatedly been cited for exposing their workers to hazards posed by overstocking issues, while promising time and again to take corrective action, yet workers continue to be exposed to unnecessary hazards,” said Josh Bernstein, OSHA’s acting area director in Fort Worth, Texas.

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