A Sikeston, Mo. manufacturing company has been cited by OSHA for 21 safety and health violations - four of them repeat- for failing to protect workers from amputation*, electrical and other hazards. Proposed penalties for Construction Trailer Specialists total $82,390.
OSHA issued four repeat violations involving a lack of specific lockout/tagout procedures*, lack of machine guarding and failing to implement a hearing conservation program. Similar violations were cited at the same facility in 2010.
Eight serious safety violations were cited for failing to develop procedures that would protect workers from dangerous machines, including failing to train workers in the need and use of lockout/tagout devices and to provide appropriate equipment to implement procedures. The company was cited for inadequate machine guarding, failing to secure equipment to the floor properly and using damaged slings.
Five serious health violations involved storing combustible waste in uncovered receptacles and lack of head protection when lifting overhead and damaged wiring insulation. The company was cited for failing to clean the spray booth properly, use welding screens and provide various respiratory protections, including medical evaluations, fit testing, unsanitary respirators and lack of face-to-face piece seal or valve function.
Additionally, violations were issued involving failing to conduct monthly inspections of wire ropes and crane hoists and a lack of voltage markings on various pieces of equipment.
Construction Trailer Specialists has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and notice of proposed penalties to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.