Compliance

Combustible dust and hazmat exposure found at NY cabinetmaker

Company cited for inadequate PPE as well
April 8, 2014

A New York manufacturing company exposed its workers to fire, explosion hazards and a potential occupational carcinogen, according to OSHA, which has levied a $51,800 fine against Salko Kitchens, Inc. "These workers face both immediate and long-term health and safety hazards from on-site conditions," said Kimberly Castillon, OSHA's area director in Albany.


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Cardinal rules – Influencing noncompliance

April 8, 2014

Our personal risk tolerance is directly influenced by the severity of the outcome. If there is a high cost associated with a risk, we are more prone to comply with the rules set in place. While writing this post, I am reminded of today’s airline industry.


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$2 million+ fine for management co. that exposed workers to asbestos and lead

Exposure occurred during renovation of former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center
April 7, 2014

Cleaning up a site in preparation for a tour by potential investors has resulted in a $2,359,000 for Olivet Management LLC, a real estate development and management company that owns the former Harlem Valley Psychiatric Center in Dover Plains, N.Y.


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Fla. worker trapped in hot liquid asphalt

Rescue took eight hours
April 1, 2014

A Florida construction company employee suffered severe burns to his legs and feet after becoming tripped in hot liquid asphalt – an incident which earned his company OSHA citations for ten serious safety and health violations. Proposed penalties are $63,360.


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Chemical co. cited for 15 PSM violations

March 31, 2014

According to its website, Diversified CPC International, Inc. “believes that all injuries, occupational illnesses, and safety incidents are preventable.” Furthermore, the company “is committed to the protection and promotion of employee health and safety.”


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Despite OSHA citations and a formal agreement, La. co. continues to jeopardize workers

U.S. Minerals cited for confined space, LOTO hazards
March 26, 2014

OSHA has cited U.S. Minerals LLC with 11 safety and health violations following a September 2013 inspection at the company’s Harvey, La. facility – but that wasn’t the agency’s first visit to one of the company’s facilities.


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Ga. stucco worker falls 19 feet to his death

Company cited for lack of scaffolding
March 24, 2014

A construction worker fatality at East Georgia State College in Swainsboro, Ga. has resulted in five safety violations against Smiley Plaster Co. The company faces $57,000 in penalties.


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No PPE training for workers at Ohio manufacturing company

March 21, 2014

New Wave Plastics has been cited for 13 safety violations after OSHA found a lack of training and personal protective equipment at the company’s Cleveland facility, a recycler and plastic products supplier. After receiving a complaint in November 2013, OSHA initiated an inspection of the facility.


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Workers dig 11’ trench with no cave-in protection

Colorado contractors cited for trenching hazards
March 20, 2014

A Colorado company and the framing subcontractor it used to locate a damaged water pipe have both been cited for safety violations, after OSHA inspectors found their workers in a trench that exceeded 11 feet in depth with no cave-in protection.


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MSHA's Main reaches out to National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association

March 18, 2014

In a meeting earlier this month with the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association, Assistant Secretary of Labor for Mine Safety and Health Joseph A. Main updated NSSGA's board of directors on recent actions taken by the Mine Safety and Health Administration to improve miner safety and health.


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