Washington Cites Company After Workers Suffer Serious Injuries

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The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued 26 citations and $253,320 in fines to National Products, Inc., for failing to protect workers from burns and amputation hazards. One worker had several fingers amputated by an unguarded and improperly maintained trimming press, and another worker suffered burns from carrying molten aluminum without adequate personal protective equipment. The company was previously cited for these same violations and is considered a severe violator.

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Kansas Grain Bin Operator Cited Following Fatal Engulfment of Two Workers

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OSHA cited Gavilon Grain, LLC, after two workers were fatally engulfed in a soybean storage bin. Inspectors found that the company allowed employees to enter a bin in which bridged and/or hung-up grain was present. Gavilon also failed to lock out equipment to prevent unintentional startup, or provide employees with lifelines, fall protection, and rescue equipment. The company faces proposed penalties of $507,374 and has been placed in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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Alabama Auto Dealership Settles with OSHA Following Fatal Fire

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OSHA reached a settlement agreement with Carl Cannon, Inc., to resolve citations and penalties issued after five employees were injured, three fatally, in a fire at the company’s automobile dealership. The company agreed to implement a chemical hazard communication program, properly store flammable liquids, discontinue use of unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment in hazardous areas, and pay $114,074 in penalties.

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Missouri Excavating Company Cited After Employees Observed Working in Unprotected Trench

Missouri - Missouri Excavating Company Cited After Employees Observed Working in Unprotected Trench

OSHA cited Karrenbrock Excavating, LLC, for allowing two employees to work in an unprotected trench while installing sewers. The company failed to use benching, sloping, shoring, or other protective systems to prevent a trench collapse; train workers to recognize and avoid unsafe trench conditions; and ensure that materials were kept at least two feet from the trench edge. The company was fined $189,221.

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Maryland Cites Contractor for Electrical and Machine Guarding Violations

maryland original - Maryland Cites Contractor for Electrical and Machine Guarding Violations

Maryland Occupational Safety and Health issued 26 citations and $82,800 in penalties to Stulz Air Technology Systems, Inc., for exposing workers to multiple safety hazards. The company failed to train workers on the control of hazardous energy, ensure workers wore required protective clothing when testing energized equipment, and install guards on punch presses and press brakes.

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Court Orders Contractor to Pay $250,000 for Safety Violations Following Fatal Fall at Dallas Apartment Complex

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A U.S. District Court Judge has ordered Design Plastering West, LLC, to pay criminal and civil penalties for criminal violations of occupational safety and health standards after an employee suffered a fatal fall at an apartment complex in Dallas. The court ordered the company to pay a $150,000 criminal fine, $100,000 civil penalty, admit to eight willful violations, and undergo OSHA monitoring for four years. After a worker fell from a third floor balcony in 2015, OSHA cited the company for willfully failing to install scaffolding and provide workers with personal fall protection. In May 2018, Design Plastering West, LLC, pleaded guilty to the willful citation on fall protection.

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Florida Shipyard Cited After Employee Drowns

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North Florida Shipyards, Inc., was cited after a worker drowned when a pressured air manifold struck and knocked him into the St. Johns River in Jacksonville. The company was cited for exposing workers to struck-by, drowning, amputation, caught-in, and electrical hazards; allowing scuba divers to work unaccompanied by another diver; and failing to ensure that machines had proper guarding. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $271,061. Read the news release for more information

Ohio Excavating Company Cited Following Fatal Trench Collapse

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JK Excavating & Utilities, Inc., faces $202,201 in penalties and was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program after an employee suffered fatal injuries in a trench collapse. Inspectors found that the company failed to: use protective systems to prevent a cave-in; remove accumulating water; properly use ladders to enter and exit the trench; prevent employees from working beneath a suspended trench box; ensure employees wore hard hats; and make provisions for prompt medical attention in the event of injury. Read the news release for more information.

Virginia Cites Nestle USA Following Serious Worker Injury

image 10 - Virginia Cites Nestle USA Following Serious Worker Injury

The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program issued seven citations and $187,060 in penalties to Nestle USA after a worker’s arm became caught in a conveyor. Inspectors determined that the company failed to inspect energy control procedures annually, train workers on the control of hazardous energy, and provide adequate machine guarding. Nestle USA was also cited for these violations in 2016.

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