OSHA fines U.S. Minerals for repeatedly endangering workers' lives (11/30)
OSHA inspectors cited the company for violations that could have resulted in the death or serious harm of workers. This is the third fine OSHA issued against U.S. Minerals in about as many months. Two separate inspections of its Baldwin, Ill., facility resulted in fines of $158,200 (Aug. 5) and $466,400 (Sept. 9) for unsafe ladders, machines that were not cut off from their power sources during maintenance and exposing workers to dangerously high levels of silica dust and other hazards.
This inspection was conducted under OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which focuses enforcement efforts on certain employers who defy or ignore their OSH Act obligations. SVEP establishes procedures and enforcement actions such as mandatory follow-up inspections and inspections of other worksites of the same company where similar hazards or deficiencies may be present.