1. $465,410 for Electrocution, Other Hazards at N.Y. Construction Site
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- Workers for three contractors performed concrete work and crane operations close to energized 13,200-volt overhead power lines during construction of a five-story building in Valley Stream, N.Y. The employers were issued willful citations for allowing employees and crane operations in close proximity to the power lines. They had been issued serious citations for not marking the power lines with warning signs.
- Serious citations included failures to check if lines had been de-energized; train workers on electrocution hazards; have cranes inspected by a qualified person after assembly; mark the crane's swing radius; have protective helmets; and label and protect rigging, and not marking overhead power lines with warning signs.
2. $325,710 and SVEP for Violations Related to Fire Fatality in Cincinnati
- Four willful violations were among 22 safety and health violations assigned after a fire and explosion at a Cincinnati waste treatment facility. Two employees were severely burned by the fire, one fatally. Even after the explosion, the company failed to immediately address procedures and ensure employees knew how to use appropriate personal protective equipment and properly handle hazardous waste such as sodium chlorate, which caused the fire.
- Willful violations cited involve failing to develop and implement hazardous waste handling procedures, provide new training to employees assigned to handle waste materials, select and ensure use of proper personal protective equipment, and train workers on its selection and use for protection from various materials that are part of their routine assignments. Serious violations involved training and health issues.
3. $258,000 for 51 Health and Safety Violations at Ohio Explosives Factory
- Twenty-three serious violations related to process safety management include failing to correct deficiencies found in compliance audits; failing to have operating procedures address consequences of deviation from operating limits, including steps to avoid or correct deviation from such limits; and not following generally accepted good engineering practices for inspection and testing procedures.
- An additional 24 serious violations involve inadequate labeling of hazardous chemical containers, not developing energy control procedures for the maintenance and servicing of equipment, lack of machine guarding and fall protection, as well as violations of electrical safety standards. Four other-than-serious violations involve failing to identify the worker who applied a lockout device, not effectively closing unused openings in electrical cabinets and boxes and not including the properties and hazards presented by process chemicals in written operating procedures.
4. $159,400 for Machine Guarding and LOTO at a New York Manufacturer
- Following an amputation incident, the company received two willful citations for an unguarded foot pedal and for failing to secure a saw to the floor. Sixteen serious citations involve failing to establish a lockout/tagout program and provide energy control equipment and training to workers; lack of a hazard communication program and failing to train employees on chemical and wood dust hazards; an exit door that was welded shut; various electrical hazards; untrained powered industrial truck operators; failure to keep the workplace clean, orderly and sanitary; floor not maintained in good repair; and inadequate guarding of moving machine parts.