Cascades Boxboard Group – Connecticut LLC, Versailles, Conn.
Proposed penalties: $320,500 (issued 1/30/09)
Paper mill investigated after employee complaints was
charged with 52 alleged serious and repeat safety violations.
Citations address a broad cross-section of chemical, electrical,
mechanical, fire and fall hazards as well as crushing
hazards posed by the deteriorating condition of the mill
building. OSHA says its inspection found numerous instances
throughout the building of extensive rust, corrosion and
physical damage that compromised its structural stability.
Sunfield Inc., Hebron, Ohio
Proposed penalties: $302,000 (issued 2/9/09)
OSHA issued company three willful and 21 serious citations
and one repeat citation. Alleged violations include
failure to ensure proper procedures were utilized for the
control of hazardous energy during press machine maintenance
and repairs; machine guarding violations; not providing
eye protection or eye flushing stations; improper forklift
operations; excessive air pressure for machinery cleaning
operations; and improper electrical safety practices.
Certified Painting Co. Inc., Alsip, Ill.
Proposed penalties: $225,000 (issued 1/29/09)
OSHA charged company with eight willful and nine
serious safety violations. A July 2008 inspection alleged
failure to: have proper carbon monoxide monitoring
devices; to provide and ensure workers were using personal
protective clothing; to provide required hygiene
facilities and ensure workers conducted required
hygiene practices after possible exposure to lead or
other hazardous materials; and to provide U.S. Coast
Guard-approved life jackets and have a lifesaving skiff
immediately available at locations.
O.C.E. Warehouse and Distribution Center, Edison, N.J.
Proposed penalties: $123,100 (issued 2/9/09)
OSHA began an inspection in July 2008 after the Edison
New Jersey Department of Public Safety – Division of
Fire reported unsafe conditions. The company was cited
for two willful violations, including failure to continuously
keep exit routes free of obstructions or impediments and
for storing materials in damaged racks. Twelve serious
citations included allegations of failure to properly identify
exit doors, supply employees with PPE, remove defective
forklift trucks and provide adequate training.
Anderson Construction, Papillion, Neb.
Proposed penalties: $111,600 (issued 1/23/09)
After a trench collapse injured five workers, an OSHA
investigation found three alleged willful and six alleged
serious safety violations. Willful violations include failure
to provide a safe means of access to the trench, leaving
the excavated spoil pile on the trench edge, and failure to
provide cave-in protection. Serious violations stem from
failure to properly instruct employees about worksite hazards,
chemicals, and confined space testing; and improper
use of a ladder and trench shoring equipment.
Tippins Contracting Co., Marietta, Ga.
Proposed penalties: $108,000 (issued 2/3/09)
As a result of inspections conducted in August and
October 2008, OSHA cited the construction company
for two willful citations for allegedly failing to provide
cave-in protection for employees working in trenches.
Five serious citations involved damaged ladders, placing
excavated material too close to the edge of the trench,
using a portable ladder of insufficient height in a trench,
and inadequate ladder safety training.
Best Plastering Contractors, El Paso, Texas
Proposed penalties: $106,200 (issued 1/28/09)
Construction contractor was cited for four willful and
three serious alleged violations following an OSHA
investigation that was initiated after agency inspectors
witnessed employees working on a scaffold without
using fall protection equipment. Willful citations
involved failing to fully plank working levels of the
scaffold, to set up the scaffold on adequate foundation,
to supply workers with a ladder or other safe access to
the scaffold working levels, and to provide guardrails for
employees working on upper levels of the scaffold.
Exide Technologies, Lauride, Pa.
Proposed penalties:$102,000 (issued 2/2/09)
An OSHA inspection initiated in August 2008 after a
complaint resulted in citations for seven repeat, 19 serious
and 10 other-than-serious alleged violations. Repeat violations
stemmed from employee exposure to lead, incomplete
respirator fit test records, the use of defective industrial
trucks, and a deficient cadmium compliance program.
Serious violations included the use of defective machinery,
failure to use PPE, unguarded machinery, and more.
OSHA PENALTY BOX: A summary of recent fines/citations
March 2, 2009