Georgia auto parts distributor cited for fire, struck-by, and other hazards

OSHA cited wholesale auto and truck parts distributor Parts Authority Georgia, LLC, for exposing workers to smoke and fire hazards. Inspectors determined that the company allowed obstructed exits; exposed workers to struck-by hazards from damaged storage rack supports and shelves; and failed to provide training on recognizing chemical hazards. The company faces $133,406 in penalties.

Florida property maintenance company cited after worker suffers burn injuries

L.A. Disaster Relief and Property Maintenance, LLC, was cited and fined $94,415 for failing to implement a hazard communication program after a worker sustained burn injuries. Inspectors determined that the owner directed a worker to ignite wood and debris inside an air burn box using a torch and gasoline, which caused an explosion.

South Florida printer fined for exposing workers to amputation, electrical, and other hazards

Nupress of Miami, Inc., faces $71,139 in penalties for failing to provide machine guarding, establish a lockout/tagout program, implement a written hazard communication program, and properly store flammable liquids. Nupress was also cited for failing to secure a safety platform to the lifting carriage and/or forks on a forklift.

California fines company after worker suffers serious electric shock

California OSHA issued six citations and $95,435 in penalties to Southern California Edison after a worker attempting to remove an old ground wire contacted an energized transformer and suffered serious injuries. Inspectors determined that the company failed to control hazardous energy, isolate exposed underground cables with protective coverings, and eliminate all possible sources of backfeeding energy.

Hawaii cites hotel for exposing workers to asbestos hazards

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued eight citations and $66,013 in penalties to Hyatt Corporation after determining that workers performing maintenance and demolition activities on a hotel were not informed about asbestos handling, personal protective equipment, and good work practices. The employer was cited for failing to conduct periodic safety inspections, and failing to train workers on asbestos hazards and proper use of respirators.