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.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have issued a warning that certain lead tests manufactured by Magellan Diagnostics may provide inaccurate results, which could affect compliance with OSHA’s workplace health standards for lead. Employers and healthcare providers conducting medical surveillance for lead-exposed workers should refer to the FDA’s warning and recommendations for retesting.
OSHA’s Lead Standards for General Industry and Construction require employers to provide blood lead testing for workers exposed to airborne lead above a specific level. Employees with very high blood lead levels must be removed from exposure. Employers are required to have blood lead samples analyzed by a laboratory that meets OSHA accuracy requirements in blood lead proficiency testing.
Employers and employees can get information on job safety classes, trainers, tools, and 10-hour and 30-hour cards more easily using OSHA’s redesigned training webpage. The page offers links to resources on training requirements and resources, outreach training, OSHA Training Institute Education Centers, and Susan Harwood Training Grants.
OSHA has released more than a dozen fact sheets that provide guidance on the respirable crystalline silica standard for construction. One fact sheet is an overview of the silica standard. The other fact sheets provide employers with information on how to fully and properly implement controls, work practices, and if needed, respiratory protection for each of the 18 tasks listed in Table 1— Specified Exposure Control Methods under the standard.