Hawaii Cites Hotel for Exposing Workers to Asbestos Hazards

Hawaii

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued eight citations and $66,013 in penalties to Hyatt Corporation after determining that workers performing maintenance and demolition activities on a hotel were not informed about asbestos handling, personal protective equipment, and good work practices. The employer was cited for failing to conduct periodic safety inspections, and failing to train workers on asbestos hazards and proper use of respirators.

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Georgia Auto Parts Distributor Cited for Fire, Struck-By, and Other Hazards

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OSHA cited wholesale auto and truck parts distributor Parts Authority Georgia, LLC, for exposing workers to smoke and fire hazards. Inspectors determined that the company allowed obstructed exits; exposed workers to struck-by hazards from damaged storage rack supports and shelves; and failed to provide training on recognizing chemical hazards. The company faces $133,406 in penalties.

For more information, read the news release.

California Division of Occupational Safety and Health Fines Construction Company for Safety Violations

California

California OSHA issued three citations and $66,000 in penalties to Empire Equipment Service, Inc., after a worker was killed in a trench cave-in. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to equip the excavation with adequate cave-in protection; inspect the excavation areas and protective system prior to the start of work; and correct unsafe conditions.

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Alabama Food Processor Cited for Amputation and Other Hazards

Alabama

OSHA cited Southern Classic Food Group, LLC, for amputation, lockout/tagout, and other safety hazards after two workers were hospitalized in separate incidents. One worker suffered burns and another suffered an amputation. The company was also cited for failing to ensure that energy sources were isolated before line-breaking work, and failing to implement a bloodborne pathogens program. Southern Classic faces $164,997 in penalties.

For more information, read the news release.

Florida Roofing Contractors Cited for Exposing Employees to Fall Hazards

Florida

OSHA cited Elo Restoration, Inc., for exposing workers to fall hazards at two worksites. The roofing contractor faces $116,551 in penalties after OSHA initiated an inspection as part its Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. For details, read the news release.

Elo Restoration was also cited, along with Florida Roofing Experts, Inc., for exposing workers to fall hazards at another worksite. OSHA responded to a complaint of unsafe roofing activities, and determined that the companies failed to ensure workers were attached to a fall protection system. In this case, both companies were issued the maximum allowable penalty of $129,336.

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New Jersey Manufacturer Cited after Worker Suffers Amputation

New Jersey

Mister Cookie Face, LLC, was cited for machine safety hazards after a sanitation worker suffered an amputation when a machine activated while the employee attempted to unjam it. The company faces $103,476 in penalties for failing to lockout machines during servicing, ensure workers used personal protective equipment, and prevent worker exposures to bloodborne pathogens.

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