Trench Safety Questioned in South Dakota Incident Involving Serious Injury

Trench safety was lacking at a South Dakota site where a trench box collapsed.On January 9th, 2017, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to South Dakota-based construction company, Kempf Construction Inc., for multiple violations involving trench safety. Following an October 26th, 2016 inspection, stemming from a trench-box collapse which resulted in the severe injury of a 40-year old equipment operator, OSHA found five (5) serious violations. For those violations, OSHA issued a proposed penalty of $40,538.

The violations occurred at a Brandon, South Dakota excavation site, where a Sioux Falls contractor was working in a 16-foot trench. During his work, a large amount of dirt fell into the trench box in which the man was positioned, and the trench collapsed upon him.… Continue reading

Excavation Safety Procedures Failure Cost NY Contractor $200,000 in Fines

Excavation safety lacking at New Jersey High School where contractor was finedFollowing a June 22, 2016 inspection, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to New York-based general contractor, The Landtek Group Inc., a company that specializes in sports facility design and construction. OSHA determined that nine violations existed at the New Jersey work site, one willful and eight serious. Most revolved around excavation safety. For these violations, OSHA has proposed a penalty of $197,752.

The investigation took place, following a complaint, and found employees of The Landtek Group working in an unprotected 10-foot deep excavation at a suburban New Jersey high school. OSHA determined that no protective systems were in place to support excavation safety. As a result of the lack of proper protection… Continue reading

Silica Hazard Prompts OSHA to Cite Concrete Company

silica hazard cited by OSHA at repeat violator siteOn Jan 4th, 2017, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations to New Jersey-based concrete company, County Concrete Corporation, for multiple violations involving a silica hazard. These citations, including, one repeat and two failure-to-abate violations, come as the result of a July 19th, 2017 follow-up inspection. The follow-up pertains to a prior 2013 inspection, where the agency issued citations for 18 safety and health violations to County Concrete, totaling $153,900 in penalties. For those citations issued for the recent 2017 investigation, the proposed penalties are, $88,544.

OSHA cited County Concrete for a repeat violation, regarding a potential chemical health risk. County Concrete failed, for the second time in four years,… Continue reading

Repeat OSHA Violator Receives Multiple Citations

repeat osha violator slapped with multiple OSHA citationsRepeat OSHA Violator Hackensack Roofing, Co has been issued multiple citations by the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration  for one serious and three repeat safety violations. These violations were processed, following October 18th inspections of both the company’s East Rutherford and Wellington facilities, in compliance with the agency’s Local Emphasis Program, which focuses on reducing the number of fall-related injuries. For the violations observed and, in light of the company’s previous history with safety violations, (Hackensack Roofing was previously cited for similar violations in 2014) OSHA proposed a penalty of $112,487.

The agency was prompted to investigate the aforementioned facilities by an anonymous complaint, alleging fall-hazards, at the Wellington site, and after having… Continue reading

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)
  • Failure… Continue reading

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

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