Texas Storage Tank Manufacturing Facility Exposed Employees to Serious Workplace Hazards
FORT WORTH, Texas – May 2019 OSHA Enforcement Activity: OSHA has cited Molding Acquisition Corp. – operating as Rotoplas – for failing to protect employees from serious safety hazards at its location in Fort Worth, Texas. The company faces $281,108 in fines.
The agency cited the Merced, California-based manufacturer of polyethylene storage tanks for 10 serious and two willful violations for exposing employees to fall hazards, as well as failing to inspect cranes, provide employees with forklift training, and implement lockout/tagout procedures to prevent amputations. Six of the violations are covered under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citation and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
New Hampshire Furniture Manufacturer Cited for One Willful and 36 Serious Violations after Employee Injury
CONCORD, New Hampshire –May 2019 OSHA Enforcement Activity: DCI Inc. has been cited by OSHA for exposing employees to crushing and struck-by hazards at its Lisbon, New Hampshire, manufacturing plant. The furniture manufacturer faces a total of $378,488 in penalties after OSHA found 37 violations of workplace safety and health standards at the facility.
OSHA opened an inspection after an employee suffered serious injuries after being pulled into an automated woodcutting machine. Inspectors found that a supervisor had disabled a light curtain on the machine, preventing the machine from stopping when an individual comes too close to its point of operation. OSHA cited DCI for a willful violation for this hazard.
“Worker safety must always be an employer’s priority,” said OSHA Concord Area Office Director Rosemarie O. Cole. “Proactively addressing hazards achieves this goal.”
Concurrent comprehensive safety and health inspections identified other violations throughout the plant, including obstructed emergency exit routes; lack of eye, hand, and face protection; inadequate hearing and respirator safeguards; lack of procedures and training to prevent the unintended activation of machinery; amputation and laceration hazards; flammable and toxic hazards; untrained forklift operators; and electrical hazards. View DCI’s citations here, here, and here. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Montana Highway Contractor Cited after Hot Asphalt Burns Three Workers in Laurel
BILLINGS, Montana – May 2019 OSHA Enforcement Activity: OSHA has cited Nelcon Inc. – a highway contractor based in Kalispell, Montana – for exposing workers to burns and falls at a mobile asphalt-mixing plant in Laurel, Montana. The company faces $261,418 in penalties for 23 serious violations.
Three workers suffered burns when ambient oil was poured into a larger hot oil tank. One of the workers was hospitalized after falling approximately 15 feet during the incident. OSHA inspectors determined that Nelcon Inc. failed to use fall protection systems; guard machinery; provide adequate personal protective equipment; control hazardous energy; and report a work-related incident leading to in-patient hospitalization within 24 hours, as required. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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