Wyoming OSHA issued five citations and $111,796 in penalties to Simon Contractors in Cheyenne for exposing workers to trenching and excavation hazards. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to provide: a competent person to inspect the worksite; cave-in protection and form of egress; and protection against hazards produced by an excavator digging near workers in a trench.
Enforcement of OSHA’s respirable crystalline silica standard for construction went into effect on Sept. 23. The agency announced in a September 20 memorandum a 30-day enforcement phase-in to help employers comply with the new standard. Citations may be considered for employers not making any efforts to comply.For more information on silica hazards and OSHA’s standard, visit the Silica Final Rule webpage.
Structural Subcontractors Service LLC, a Birmingham-based structural framing company, was issued willful and serious citations after OSHA inspectors found workers exposed to fall hazards. The agency initiated an inspection as part of a regional emphasis program to limit falls in construction. Inspectors found workers wearing fall protection harnesses, but were not tied off to prevent a fall. Violations also included failing to train employees to recognize fall hazards, and exposing employees to falls of approximately nine feet.The company was proposed penalties totaling $102,669. For more information, read the news release.
OSHA has cited the owner of a South Jersey construction company for exposing workers to serious scaffold hazards at a job site in Philadelphia. Inspectors found employees performing work using a scaffold that was dangerously close to power lines. Vyacheslav Leshko, owner of DH Construction LLC, was cited for repeat and serious violations that include exposing workers to fall and electrical hazards, failing to train employees on scaffold hazards and not implementing an accident prevention program.The owner faces $191,215 in proposed penalties. Read the news release for more information.
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health issued six citations and $225,995 in penalties to James River Air Conditioning Company Inc. in Richmond after a worker was fatally injured from falling through an unprotected roof hole.An employee working on a roof fell 28 feet through an unmarked unsecured hole cover that did not hold his weight. The company was cited for failing to protect workers from falls of more than 6 feet and provide hole covers that support the weight of both employees and equipment. The company was also cited for failing to mark, secure, and install roof hole covers for HVAC openings.
Michigan OSHA issued 10 citations and $102,600 in penalties to SET Enterprises Inc. in New Boston for exposing workers to amputation hazards.Inspectors determined that the company failed to: train workers on potential hazards and safe operation of machines; ensure proper machine guarding; and provide workers with gloves designed to prevent cuts.
BWAY Corp., a Chicago container manufacturer, was cited by OSHA for multiple repeated and serious safety violations after the agency responded to four separate reports of employee injuries. One employee suffered two broken bones in his hand after it was crushed by equipment. Three other employees suffered amputations from unguarded chain and sprocket assemblies. Violations include failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental machine start-up; failing to lockout equipment prior to clearing jams; and inadequate machine guarding.Proposed penalties total $503,380. Read the news release for more information.