Well Flash Fire in North Dakota Investigated by OSHA

Well Flash Fire in North Dakota leads to OSHA fine of Over $25.000On December 15, 2016, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued serious safety violations to oil well operator, XTO Energy, and two servicing companies, Most Wanted Well Service LLC and Sherwood Enterprises Inc., following a well flash fire that resulted in the death of a 52-year-old and the serious injury of three others at a Watford City, North Dakota well-site. These violations come after a June 18, 2016 investigation and yield results that show a failure to maintain chemical integrity during drill equipment repair, along with a failure to provide workers with adequate flame-retardant clothing. OSHA has proposed penalties totaling $24,942 for the respective offenses processed to all culpable parties involved.

The aforementioned incident… Continue reading

Lockout/Tagout Procedures Draw Scrutiny at Kerry Facilities

Lockout/tagout procedures failur leads to OSHA fines at Kelly facilities in IllinoisThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Ireland-based food and beverage company, Kerry Inc., for multiple violations involving lockout/tagout procedures at one of their Melrose Park, Illinois facilities. Kerry, a multi-billion-dollar company, operates facilities on six continents and employs more than 20,00 employees, worldwide. The company’s U.S. headquarters are based in Beloit, Wisconsin.

On Dec. 5th, 2016, the agency processed citations for one repeated and two serious violations, stemming from an injury where an employee’s forearm became stuck in a machine and was fractured in multiple places. This injury came only six weeks after a previous employee suffered an amputation at the same facility, from a similar injury. In both… Continue reading

Lockout/Tagout Protocol Procedures Missing in Amputation Accidents

Lockout/tagout Protocol Procedures Cited in Amputation AccidentsThe U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Ireland-based food and beverage company, Kerry Inc., for multiple violations involving lockout/tagout protocol at one of their Melrose Park, Illinois facilities. Kerry, a multi-billion-dollar company, operates facilities on six continents and employs more than 20,00 employees, worldwide. The company’s U.S. headquarters are based in Beloit, Wisconsin.

On Dec. 5th, 2016, the agency processed citations for one repeated and two serious violations, stemming from an injury where an employee’s forearm became stuck in a machine and was fractured in multiple places. This injury came only six weeks after a previous employee suffered an amputation at the same facility, from a similar injury. In both… Continue reading

Amputation Risks Results in Citations for Ohio Company

Amputation Risks were front and center in the citing of an Ohio-based railroad manufacturer.

The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Ohio railroad track repair kit manufacturer, Railtech Boutet Inc., for repeatedly exposing their employees to amputation risks and other serious injuries and hazards.

Following a July 2016 investigation, prompted by a complaint, OSHA determined that Railtech was responsible for (1) willful and (11) serious safety and health violations. The majority of potential amputation risks were found in servicing processes that were regularly performed by employees, in an effort to maintain industrial core machine mixers. OSHA proposed penalties of $159,631.

 

 

The OSHA investigation showed that the following violations existed:

  • Failure to develop procedures to power down and lock out operating parts (lockout/tagout)
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Musculoskeletal Injuries Cited in Violations At Seat Manufacturer

On November 20, 2016, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to Missouri-based automotive seat manufacturer, Magna Seating, for (1) serious health violation. Following a May 2016 investigation of the company’s Excelsior Springs facility, the agency found that several of the employee processes, along the manufacturing line, were in violation of medical restrictions. As a result, many employees had been suffering musculoskeletal injuries. Upon agency review of the company logs, more than 20 musculoskeletal disorder injuries had been recorded, since 2014. The proposed penalties for these citations is, $12,471.

OSHA also issued the company two Hazard Alert letters. In these letters, the agency has an opportunity to raise any concern about possible… Continue reading

Severe Violator Program Tag Added When Multiple Amputations Reported

Severe Violator Program Tag can cost companies millions in safety fines.OSHA’s Severe Violator Program Tag was assigned after an October 21st, 2016, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspections where it issued citations to Ohio-based automotive appliance manufacturer, Milark Industries Inc., for multiple violations.  These included 3 willful and 3 serious violations. The citations stem from multiple incidents, which have occurred at various Milark Industries locations, dating back to 2015. All said, OSHA has conducted 10 separate investigations of the company, since 2007. The most recent investigation, which was conducted in June 2016, followed an incident at a Mansfield facility, where a 22-year old employee suffered partial amputation of two fingers on his left hand. The injury came on the aforementioned employee’s… Continue reading

Cave-in Protection Violations Land Plumbing Company In Severe Violator Program

Cave-in protection Violations Landed Chicago Plumbing Company in Severe Violator Program.Cave-in protection violations resulted in a Chicago-based plumbing company to be placed on the Severe Violator Program. OG Plumbing LLC, was recently cited by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for one serious, one willful, and three repeat violations.

OSHA initially conducted an inspection of an OG Plumbing work site in Chicago, on March 10th, 2016, and observed a four-man crew installing water lines in a six-foot trench, without cave-in protection. This initial violation prompted a citation from the agency, which was issued on April 25, 2016, for one willful violation. The proposed penalty for this citation was $69,300.

OSHA’s trenching standards require cave-in protection systems on trenches deeper than 5 feet and that soil… Continue reading

Rim Repair Servicing Failures at Crown Equipment Leads to Citation

Rim repair servicing failures were cited by OSHA against Crown Equipment.Rim repair servicing failures at Ohio-based lift truck manufacturer, Crown Equipment, resulted in a citation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, for five serious violations. The investigation, which was conducted on July 13, 2016, was prompted by an employee injury, which occurred at a Woburn, Massachusetts repair facility. The employee sustained serious head injuries while performing rim repair servicing  of a truck tire. The tire exploded and, as a result of inadequate training and repair safeguards, the split tire rim struck the employee in the head. The OSHA-proposed penalty for this citation is, $62,355.

The OSHA investigation yielded the following violations with regard to Crown’s rim repair servicing failures:

Louisiana Flooding Prompts Safety Awareness

Louisiana flooding has prompted an OSHA call for safety awareness during clean up operations.Following the recent Louisiana Flooding, emergency workers, various employers, and countless public volunteers have begun the massive task of cleanup and recovery throughout the state. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has begun an effort to raise awareness and maintain compliance with national safety and regulation standards in the undertaking of the cleanup process. One of the methods which OSHA has implemented to inform disaster-site workers of the various hazards associated with restoration, is the creation of a comprehensive website. In addition to the recovery website, OSHA maintains a flood awareness website which provides a resource of general flooding information for those individuals who are both affected by and working to recover from… Continue reading

Albion Mill Safety Violations Cited

Albion Mill in Pennsylvania Was Cited for Multiple Safety Violations in a recent OSHA Inspection.The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Pennsylvania-based feed mill operators, Albion Mill. The citations issued for the most recent February 10th inspection, some of which being repeat offenses, were as a follow-up to a pair of previous inspections, conducted in July and August of 2013, respectively. OSHA Erie Area director, Theresa A. Naim, said, “Our follow-up inspection at Albion Mill found (that) employees continue to be exposed to severe combustible dust issues. In some areas, six inches, or more, of dust had accumulated, creating a dangerous risk of explosion. This company had ample opportunity, time, and guidance to correct the hazardous conditions but chose business-as-usual, by disregarding… Continue reading

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