Steel manufacturer faces $147K in fines for "avoidable" hazards
June 15, 2016
An electric technician at the Republic Steel Corp. steel manufacturing plant in Blasdell, NY was removing wiring from a fan motor in an overhead crane on October 16, 2014, when an ungrounded electrical conductor touched a grounded surface, causing an arc flash. The electric technician sustained third degree burns on her hand and first degree burns on her face.
This memorandum is intended to clarify OSHA's policy for citing the general industry standard for personal protective equipment (PPE), 29 CFR 1910.132(a), for the failure to provide and use flame-resistant clothing (FRC) in oil and gas well drilling, servicing, and production-related operations. For the purpose of this memo, FRC includes both flame-resistant and fire retardant treated clothing.
Workers in the solar energy industry are potentially exposed to a variety of serious hazards, such as arc flashes (which include arc flash burn and blast hazards), electric shock, falls, and thermal burn hazards that can cause injury and death.
This information comes from an OSHA Letter of Interpretation dated July 13, 2015:
Question: Under 29 CFR 1910.269, can an employer use Table 410-1 of the 2012 National Electrical Safety Code (NESC) to select protective clothing and equipment? 1
Response: Paragraph (1)(8)(ii) of 29 CFR 1910.269 provides that "[f]or each employee exposed to hazards from electric arcs, the employer . . . make a reasonable estimate of the incident heat energy to which the employee would be exposed."
Alstom Transportation Inc. fined $105K for OSH violations
June 6, 2016
Federal workplace safety and health inspectors have cited a Steuben County rail manufacturing and repair service facility for 17 serious violations, including exposing employees to unsafe levels of known cancer-causing chemicals such as cadmium, lead, nickel and silica.
Many industrial sectors such as oil, gas, chemical, petrochemical, waste management, food processing, steel, mining, pharmaceutical, construction and many more are now considered hazardous workplaces, yet the hazards workers are exposed to and the contaminant materials involved vary hugely.
A rotating airlock blade severed a 30-year-old worker's three fingertips as he cleaned the machine at a Sussex subsidiary of organic food manufacturer Nature's Path Foods Inc., an incident federal safety investigators found could have been prevented if the machine had been powered down fully.