OSH around the U.S.: Silica & fall hazards, amputation
Virginia Cites Contractor for Exposing Workers to Silica Hazards
Virginia Occupational Safety and Health issued five citations and $304,130 in penalties to Lanford Brothers Company for exposing workers to respirable crystalline silica hazards while using jackhammers to remove concrete from bridge piers. Inspectors determined that the company did not provide adequate eye and respiratory protection, failed to assess each worker for exposure to respirable crystalline silica, and permitted workers to use jackhammers and concrete saws without proper control methods.
Ohio Tool Manufacturer Cited After Employee Suffers Amputation
ArtiFlex Manufacturing was cited for exposing workers to amputation hazards after an employee’s finger was partially amputated. Inspectors determined that the company failed to guard pinch points on a conveyor belt, a violation the company was also cited for in 2016. ArtiFlex faces penalties of $213,411, and has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Read the news release for more information.
Hawaii Company Cited for Fall Protection and Energy Control Violations
Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health issued four citations and $47,080 in penalties to ABM Industry Groups, LLC, for exposing working to falls and hazardous energy. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to provide guard railing on an elevated open-sided platform, train workers on the control of hazardous energy, and conduct periodic inspections of hazardous energy control procedures.