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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

image 12 - Court Orders Contractor to Pay $250,000 for Safety Violations Following Fatal Fall at Dallas Apartment Complex

 

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

image 11 - Ohio Excavating Company Cited Following Fatal Trench Collapse

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.

California Fines Distribution Center Following Worker Injury

image 9 - California Fines Distribution Center Following Worker Injury

California OSHA issued 11 citations and $97,430 in penalties to Pixior, LLC, after a worker was struck by a forklift. Inspectors determined that the company failed to perform an assessment of the workplace to determine if hazards were present, ensure that forklift operators were trained and evaluated, and prevent forklift operators from carrying loads that obstruct their view.

Hawaii Cites Water Utility for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards

image 7 - Hawaii Cites Water Utility for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued nine citations and $198,828 in penalties to the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply for exposing workers to trenching and excavation hazards. Inspectors concluded that the employer failed to provide a safe means of exit, properly install a shoring system, and control the accumulation of water in a trench where three workers were installing a water main. The utility was cited for these violations in 2014 and 2017.

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