Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Cites Botanical Gardens after Fatal Incident

Hawaii

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued five citations and $57,040 in penalties to the National Tropical Botanical Gardens after a worker was fatally injured when he was thrown from a riding mower that then landed on him. Inspectors determined that the employer failed to assess hazards and did not require workers to wear seat belts while riding on landscaping equipment.

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Texas Metal Recycling Company Cited after Employee Suffers Injury

Texas

Venture Metals, LLC, faces $311,580 in penalties after a worker was hospitalized when a stack of pipes fell on him. Inspectors determined that the company also failed to implement methods to control lead exposure, train workers in lockout/tagout procedures, and follow confined space entry permit procedures. The company was cited for similar violations in 2016.

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Massachusetts Contractor Cited for Exposing Workers to Fall Hazards

Massachusetts

Northeast Framing, Inc., was cited for exposing workers to serious hazards after a fatal fall at a construction worksite. OSHA cited the company for failing to provide adequate fall protection; train employees to recognize and avoid fall, ladder, electrical, and other hazards; conduct regular jobsite safety inspections; and notify OSHA of a work-related fatality. The company faces $311,330 in penalties, the maximum allowed by law.

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California Fines Landscaping Company after Worker Fatality

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California OSHA issued six citations and $54,750 in penalties to Amazon’s Landscaping Co., after a worker was fatally injured when a rope he had around his body became entangled in the stump grinder and he was pulled into the cutting wheel. Inspectors concluded that the company did not follow the manufacturer’s safety recommendations and failed to train workers on the safe operation of the grinder.

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Pennsylvania Contractor Cited After Employee’s Electrocution

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Insight Pipe Contracting, LLC, was cited after a worker was electrocuted, and two others were hospitalized for electric shock. OSHA cited the company for failing to ensure that employees were properly trained to operate forklifts, and permitting employees to work near electric power circuits without protection. In a subsequent investigation, OSHA cited the company for violations related to work in confined spaces. The company faces $331,101 in penalties, and was placed into OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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Florida Roofing Contractor Cited After Worker Fatally Injured in Fall

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Kasper Roofing & Construction Inc., was cited for exposing employees to fall hazards after an employee was fatally injured when he fell from a roof without fall protection. The company faces $134,510 in penalties for failing to train employees on fall protection, and conduct frequent inspections to ensure employees were using fall protection.

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