OSHA bares its enforcement teeth (9/10)
Consider how the agency started off the first week of September:
September 4 â€” International Bridge & Iron Co., a manufacturer of structural steel bridge parts, faces a total of $225,500 in proposed fines from OSHA for new and recurring safety hazards at its Newington, Conn., manufacturing plant.
September 4 â€” OSHA cites Metal Improvement Co., doing business as E/M Coating Services in Lombard, Ill., with alleged serious and repeat citations of federal workplace safety and health standards. Proposed penalties total $275,000.
September 3 â€” OSHA proposes $148,000 in fines against C.W. Pond Contractors Inc., a Norwalk, Conn., electrical contractor, in connection with a March 4 electrical fire at the Old YMCA at 980 Washington Blvd. in Stamford, Conn.
September 2 â€” OSHA proposes $69,500 in penalties against Chris Brigham, doing business as Brigham Farms, for safety violations at its Ball Ground, Ga., poultry additive facility.
September 1 â€” OSHA cites Stavis Seafoods Inc. for 15 alleged serious violations of safety and health standards at its Channel Street distribution and processing facility in Boston. The seafood company faces a total of $47,250 in proposed fines, chiefly for deficiencies in its process safety management (PSM) program.
Not exactly EPA-mega fines, but a sign that OSHA field compliance officers have gotten the word from Washington that a new sheriff is at the Department of Labor.