An addition to OSHA’s Fatal Facts series emphasizes the hazards of working in confined spaces on farms. These spaces include grain and feed silos, sump pits, and manure storage tanks. Employers should ensure measures are put in place to alert workers to a potential hazardous atmosphere inside confined spaces and prevent workers from entering them without protective controls. The fact sheet examines an incident in which a worker asphyxiated inside a whey storage tank. Each Fatal Facts publication describes a case in which there was a failure to identify and correct hazardous working conditions before a fatality occurred at the worksite.
The National Framers Council (NFC), is offering free four-hour educational courses from February through August on fall prevention in construction with an emphasis on safety during roof truss installation. The course includes classroom instruction and hands-on training, featuring a fully functional, small-scale roof structure to replicate roof truss installation. Contact NFC staff for more details or register online.
Lucky Strike Entertainment LLC has been ordered to pay $40,000 in back wages to a mechanic who alleged he was terminated after voicing concerns about unsafe working conditions at a bowling center in Lombard, Ill. Lucky Strike will also expunge the termination and all references to this action from the employee’s record, and provide a neutral reference to prospective employers. For more information, see the news release.
Wyoming OSHA issued $54,528 penalties to Saratoga Forest Management for failure to provide adequate covers and guarding for open pits, tanks, vats, and ditches; guardrails to separate employees from dangerous machinery; and machine guarding to protect employees from points of operation and rotating parts. Wyoming OSHA issued 14 citations, including one repeat.
California OSHA issued $55,650 in penalties to International Polymer Solutions Inc. in Irvine after a worker was seriously injured when a moving machine part flew off and struck them in the chest. Cal/OSHA inspectors determined that the company failed to properly control hazardous energy when employees were cleaning, repairing, servicing, and setting-up or adjusting machinery. Cal/OSHA issued five citations to the company.
OSHA cited three companies that worked on the renovation of Chicago’s Old Post Office for failing to protect employees from lead and cadmium exposure during sandblasting operations. American Demolition Corp., Valor Technologies Inc., and Tecnica Environmental Services Inc. failed to comply with OSHA’s respiratory protection standard; provide training; and properly handle personal protective equipment. The companies were cited for a total of 31 violations and combined proposed penalties of $220,497. For more information, read the news release.
OSHA has cited Stalwart Films LLC for failing to protect employees from fall hazards while filming the show, “The Walking Dead.” OSHA issued a serious citation and proposed penalties totaling the maximum allowable fine of $12,675. OSHA investigated Stalwart’s filming location in Senoia, Ga., after a stuntman was fatally injured after falling more than 20 feet. For more information, see the news release.
Tampa Electric Co. and Gaffin Industrial Services Inc. were cited after five employees were fatally injured, and one other seriously burned by molten slag. An OSHA inspection of the Big Bend River Station electrical power plant in Apollo Beach, Fla., resulted in violations that included failing to develop and follow energy control procedures, and provide personal protective equipment. The companies were proposed penalties totaling $160,972. Read the news release for more information.
Nox US LLC, an Ohio manufacturer of vinyl tile, faces $514,236 in proposed penalties for machine safety violations. OSHA responded to two separate reports of worker injuries in June 2017. One worker required surgery after his hand was crushed. Less than two weeks later, another worker suffered partial amputations of two fingers. OSHA cited the company for failing to use adequate lockout/tagout procedures and devices to prevent unintentional machine movement, not training employees, and exposing employees to fall hazards. The company has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. For more information, see the news release.
OSHA and Bartlett Grain Company LP have reached a settlement agreement that requires the company to implement safeguards, training, and audit procedures at its 20 grain handling facilities. The company will pay $182,000 in penalties. The settlement resolves contested citations issued after six individuals died and two others were injured in a grain elevator explosion in April 2012. For more information, read the news release.