State level enforcement: Workers at risk from Washington to Florida
Ga. poultry processing employees exposed to amputation hazards
Koch Foods of Gainesville, LLC., was cited for exposing employees to amputation hazards; and failing to provide fall protection, identify which employees were using hazardous energy control locks, and train employees exposed to noise hazards. Proposed penalties total $208,977. OSHA conducted the inspection as part of its Regional Emphasis Program for Poultry Processing Facilities.
Goodyear cited for exposing employees to burn hazards
OSHA cited Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., for failing to: provide personal protective equipment to employees exposed to burn hazards; implement procedures for controlling hazardous energy during equipment maintenance activities; and caught-in hazards from unguarded machines. Proposed penalties total $69,058.
After worker injury, Ill. pallet maker cited
New Lenox, Ill., pallet manufacturer, Supplyside USA, was cited after an employee was injured while performing equipment maintenance. OSHA inspectors determined that the company, which operates as Prime Woodcraft, Inc., failed to install machine guards, implement energy control procedures to prevent unintentional machine operation, train employees on noise hazards, and prevent dust accumulation on surfaces. Proposed penalties total $91,832.
Florida construction workers exposed to fall, other hazards
OSHA has cited Action Concrete Construction, Inc., for exposing its employees to fall and eye hazards. Following an investigation of the company’s Panama City Beach, Fla., worksite, inspectors identified one willful violation for failing to install guardrails or use personal fall arrest systems while employees worked at a height of 11 feet. A second citation was issued for allowing employees to use a pneumatic air gun without proper eye protection. Proposed penalties total $59,864.
Wash. workers exposed to asbestos during hotel renovations
Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health (DOSH) issued $355,000 in fines to the owner of the Seattle Pacific Hotel for knowingly exposing workers to asbestos hazards during lobby renovations. DOSH inspectors concluded that the hotel owner failed to inform, train, and certify workers on the hazards associated with asbestos removal. Inspectors issued an immediate stop-work order when the hazards were detected, and they determined that the owner also failed to sample the air prior to renovations, remove unmitigated asbestos debris from the site, and provide adequate respiratory protection.
Minnesota cites excavation co. following worker fatality
Minnesota OSHA issued $75,000 in penalties to Tom Baures Excavating, LLC., in Minnesota City after a worker was fatally crushed by a lowering tow truck box. Inspectors determined that the company failed to adequately train workers, and ensure that safe lockout-tagout procedures were developed and followed while workers were servicing the truck.