Fall, trenching & hazmat hazards: safety violations across the USA
A fatal fall, hazmat exposure and trenching hazards are among the workplace conditions that resulted in federal and state OSHA violations in recent cases.
California fines contractor after worker fatally injured
California OSHA issued four citations and $67,500 in penalties to Crain Walnut Shelling, Inc., after a worker suffered fatal injuries. Inspectors determined that the company failed to train workers on hazardous energy, ensure the proper identification and evaluation of workplace hazards, and use an extension tool to minimize crushing hazards.
Florida roofing contractor cited for exposing workers to fall hazards
OSHA cited Florida Roofing Experts, Inc., after inspectors observed workers performing residential roofing activities without fall protection. The agency inspected the worksite as part of the Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction. OSHA issued penalties of $132,598.
Tennessee cites company for exposing workers to trenching hazards
Tennessee OSHA issued four citations and $89,500 in penalties to Prince Erachem, LLC, for exposing workers to trenching and walking surface hazards. Inspectors found that the company failed to keep walking surfaces free from debris and provide adequate protective systems, shoring, and safeguards to prevent a spoil pile at the edge of the trench from falling on workers. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2014 and 2015.
Wisconsin pallet manufacturer cited after three workers exposed to hazardous wood dust
OSHA has cited Avid Pallet Services, LLC, after a follow-up inspection found workers continued to be exposed to wood dust. The company faces penalties of $188,302 for failing to implement sufficient engineering controls to limit dust exposure, evaluate respiratory hazards, and train workers on the health hazards of wood dust. The company was previously cited for these hazards in 2016.