OSH across the U.S.A.: amputation, trench collapse, construction fall
Violations in construction, warehouse, retail industries
Chewy, Inc. employee killed in Florida distribution center
OSHA cited online pet supply company Chewy, Inc., after a worker suffered fatal injuries while operating a stand-up industrial truck. The company faces maximum penalties of $14,323 for exposing workers to struck-by and crushing hazards. For more information, visit OSHA’s powered industrial trucks safety and health topics webpage.
Contractors exposed workers to asbestos while restoring Kansas library
OSHA inspectors found that a restoration company and subcontractor failed to comply with asbestos removal standards. Belfor Property Restoration was fined $39,780 for three serious violations related to asbestos abatement. The subcontractor, Custom Crushing & Company, faces $193,596 in penalties for 23 serious violations, including failing to provide workers with respiratory protection, personal protective clothing, and training. For more information visit OSHA’s asbestos webpage.
Two workers injured in Nebraska trench collapse
T.H. Construction Co. faces $106,078 in penalties for failing to use protective systems after two workers were seriously injured when a trench collapsed. For more information, visit OSHA’s trenching and excavation webpage.
Nebraska construction worker killed in fall
Daubert Construction was fined $19,890 for failing to protect workers from fall hazards after a worker suffered a fatal fall through an unguarded skylight. For more information and visit OSHA’s fall prevention campaign webpage.
Pennsylvania manufacturing worker suffers amputation
Champion Modular, Inc., was fined $687,650 after a worker suffered an amputation. OSHA issued willful and serious citations to the company for failing to use machine guarding, provide fall protection, and train workers on hazard communication and hearing conservation. For more information, visit OSHA’s machine guarding webpage.
Texas rubber company exposed workers to hazards
Custom Rubber Products, LLC, was issued $530,392 in penalties and cited for four willful violations for exposing workers to amputation, machine guarding, and caught-in hazards. The company was cited for similar hazards in 2014 after a worker was severely injured. Custom Rubber remains in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Visit OSHA’s machine guarding webpage.
Blocked emergency routes at Washington Dollar Tree store
The Washington Division of Occupational Safety and Health issued 24 citations and $503,200 in penalties to Dollar Tree for allowing blocked emergency exit routes, unsafe use of ladders, and improper stacking of merchandise. For more information, read OSHA’s emergency exit routes fact sheet.