OSHA Compliance

OSHA Proposes Penalties Of More Than $266,000 Against Tucker, Ga., Manufacturer (EXTRA)

OSHA Proposes Penalties Of More Than $266,000 Against Tucker, Ga., Manufacturer (EXTRA)
Atlanta: The U.S Department of Labor’s OSHA cited Crespac Inc. in Tucker, Ga. with 34 safety and health violations. The proposed penalties are total of $266,400.

"OSHA began its comprehensive safety and health inspection after learning of two separate incidents resulting in amputations within a 30-day period," said director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office, Gei-Thae Breezley. "In both instances, management knew of deficiencies but acted with plain indifference by failing to correct the problems in a timely manner that could have prevented these amputations."

The willful citations result from the failure of the company to ensure that all machines had required safety guards, usable safety interlock switches installed in the machinery and functional emergency stop cords. A willful violation is that committed intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements or with the indifference to safety and health of the employee.

Citation to the company is for the repeat violations related to having wet and slippery floors, lack of machines and safety guards, machines operated with the broken parts and employees exposed to the electrical shocks.

Serious violations include slipping and tripping hazards, fall hazards, entrapment hazards, failure to give proper equipment or training, electrical hazards, failure to train forklift operators, noise hazards, insufficient respirator program for the employees and exposure to hazardous chemicals. There is serious OSHA violation if death or serious harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exits. Repeat violation is issued by OSHA when it finds a substantially similar violation of any regulation, standard, rule or order at any of a company’s other facilities in federal enforcement states.

Functions of OSHA

Functions of OSHA
OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) is a federal agency of USA in the Department of Labor. OSHA aims at safety and healthy working conditions for the employees to reduce death and accident that occurs at working site. The two principal functions of OSHA assigned by OSHA Act are:

The main function of OSHA is to setting standards and conducting workplace inspection for ensuring whether employers are with the standards and providing a safe and healthful work place. The standard of OSHA requires reasonable and protective practices, methods, and process of job for the well being of the employees. OSHA ensures if these requirements for employees are provided by the employers or not. According to OSHA, employers should become familiar with the standard applicable to their establishment. If the work site is not hygienic and dangerous for the employees to work, then they should eliminate such hazardous conditions.

Secondly, OSHA does inspection whether the equipments used by the employers are protective or not. Employees are responsible to know all the rules and regulation that are applicable to their own actions and conduct.

For all these actions, OSHA has provided training for both employers and employees so that a good working environment can be created. OSHA has provided two types of courses:

• OSHA Construction Course and

• OSHA General Industry Course

The OSHA Construction Course is a safety training for the construction Industry workers. The aim of this course is to inform the employees about the safety and health orientation required by OSHA. OSHA General Industry Course is a comprehensive safety program which helps the workers at general industry. These two courses include all the requirements of OSHA. These OSHA courses are available both in classroom and also online. The courses are conducted in English and also in Spanish. OSHA has done a great favor for both the employers and employees by making them alert and responsible of their surroundings.

OSHA Forms Alliance With The Mexican Consulate In New York and Diocese of Brooklyn

New York: OSHA and Wage and Hour Division signed an alliance with Mexico’s Consulate General in New York as a part of an effort to promote the labor and human rights of Mexican and the other Hispanic workers. CMO (Catholic Migration Office) of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Brooklyn and The New York State Department of Labor are also the part of the alliance.

The participants of the alliance will work together to support a call center which will provide Mexican and Hispanic workers in New York, Connecticut and New Jersey guidance, education and assistance about their rights in the workplace.

"It's very simple. The law says every worker has both the right to proper compensation for hours worked and to a safe workplace," said Hilda L. Solis, Secretary of Labor. “The purpose of this alliance is to provide Mexican and other Latino workers in the tri-state area with the information and resources that will help them recognize and challenge unsafe and improper working conditions, and to raise awareness of their rights as working people. After all, knowledge is a worker's most valuable tool."

Under this alliance, a LABORAL call center will be operated by the CMO. Callers to a toll free number will receive guidance, information and assistance in Spanish and English regarding labor issues, including proper overtime compensation, minimum wages, migrant and seasonal work protections, youth employment rules and the labor rights and responsibilities of workers and employers.

NEED OF OSHA

Workers in general industries and construction companies are facing many kinds of problem from the very beginning. Many times they are not justified. They have to work at unhygienic sites and many times they get injured and die also. OSHA (Occupational safety and health administration) was established in the year 1971 as the main federal agency of U.S. Department of Labor to prevent such work related injuries, illness, and deaths. OSHA has begun to provide training for the workers. After the introduction of OSHA, the occupational death has been cut by 62% and injuries have decreased to 42%. These trainings help the workers in understanding if the employers are providing safe and healthy working conditions or not. OSHA aims at ensuring the worker friendly condition for the workers so that no worker dies or injures on the job. OSHA conducts inspection of workplace to ensure that the employers and employees are following the safety and health regulations. OSHA provides education and training about work place safety and health issues. OSHA helps the employers and employees in improving the safety and health conditions. It provides publications and interactive guidance so that the employers and the employees can understand the importance of the safety and health requirements.

To make thing easy and handy, two types of training are provided by OSHA:

• OSHA construction course

• OSHA general industry course

OSHA construction course is for the construction industry worker which is designed for the workers to recognize the safety hazard. The second one is- OSHA general industry course which gives the workers information on OSHA compliance issues and tells the purpose of the OSHA Act.

Thus OSHA has tried to create safe, hygienic, good and secured environment in working place. Both the employers and employees greatly need OSHA as it helps in reaching their aim in an acceptable way.

BP To Appeal Against Damages Order After Texas Refinery Incident

BP, which has been ordered by a court in Texas to pay $100 million damages to ten workers after refinery incident in the state, it said that it would appeal against the ruling.

BP insisted that it did not believe that anyone had been harmed when the chemicals were released during the incident in the year 2007 and had offered only $500 in compensation to each worker who claimed to have been affected.

However, a federal jury in Texas ruled on Friday that all the ten workers should receive $100 million. A further 133 workers are also seeking damages.

A spokesman for BP, Ronnie Chappell, said the company was “shocked and outraged” by the verdict made and would further appeal. “We believe the evidence showed that BP did not cause harm to anyone on April 19, 2007,” said Mr. Chappell. “The verdict and the punitive damages award in particular, are utterly unjustified, improper and unsupportable.”

According to the workers they were exposed to the chemicals while repairing the units damaged in 2005 in a plant-wide shutdown before Hurricane Rita hit the coast of Texas. They also said BP had poorly maintained workplace and lacked in sufficient monitoring to detect toxic chemicals or warn workers of release.

On the other side BP countered that plant did not release a toxic substance, and the company had no control over an “odor event” that stemmed from the negligence of another unidentified party.

BP paid more than $2 billion for the settlement of hundreds of blast-related lawsuits and a $50 million of fine to resolve the resolve the criminal case. In addition OSHA had imposed record fines for the safety violations at the plant.

This year, the company was fined another $87.4 million by the agency for failing to agreement to make good safety violations at the refinery. BP is contesting the latest fine.

OSHA Fines Huntington W.Va. Nearly $160,000 For Workplace And Health Hazards

Huntington, W.Va. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites Chapman Printing Co. for workplace safety and health violations. The penalties proposed are total of $158,400.

OSHA started its inspection on June 18 in response to formal complaint. And as the result of investigation, the company has been issued citations for six willful violations, with a penalty of $27,900; and five other than serious violations, with a penalty of $4,500.

"Each of these violations leaves the company's workers vulnerable to potential injuries and illness," said area director of OSHA’s Charleston, W.Va., office said Jeff Funke. "It is important that Chapman Printing Co. eliminate these hazards to ensure a safe and healthy work environment."

The willful violations address the failure of the company to provide adequate energy control procedures and a hearing conservation program. A willful violation is defined be OSHA as one committed with plain indifference to, or intentional disregard for, safety and health of the employee.

The serious violations include lack of machine guarding, failure to conduct hazard assessment of the workplace to determine the need for the personal protective equipment, failure to use or provide protective equipment when working on or near energized electrical equipment. A serious citation is issued by OSHA when there is a probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

Under the OSHA Act of 1970, the role of OSHA is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for the men and women of America.

In Texas Refinery Boiler Failure 1 Killed, 2 Injured

Workers at a Texas refinery were trying to restart a giant industrial boiler while a catastrophic failure resulted death of one worker and two got injured, as said by a company spokesman.

Valero Energy Corp spokesman Bill Day also said, 245,000 barrel (bpd) refinery in Texas City, 50 miles southeast of Houston, was presently operating at planned production levels. The boiler that failed was one of several providing steam and power at the refinery.

When the boiler failed, Tommy Manis, 40, of Alvin died instantly said Day. Manis was part of crew working on the boiler.

According to the Local media reports the boiler exploded on Friday night, but Day said investigators were investigating to determine exactly what occurred.

"There was definitely a loud noise" when boiler failed, he said.

"Our sympathies are with Mr. Manis' family," said Day. "It's a very sad event. For a company with 22,000 employees it is surprisingly tight-knit. These things reverberate throughout the Valero community."

The investigators from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration reached at the refinery on Saturday morning to start probing the accident.

Of the two workers injured in the boiler failure, one fell and the other suffered cuts. Both the workers spent the night in a local hospital. One of the workers is a Valero employee and the other works for an outside contractor doing work at the refinery.

The boiler failed was installed at plant at the plant in 2006. About 101 years old, the refinery is among the oldest on Texas.

Scaffolding, Welding Among Topics Addressed At Maritime Advisory Committee For Occupational Safety and Health Meeting

Washington: OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will hold a two-day Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) meeting in January, 2010, in Washington, D.C for addressing scaffolding, welding and other safety and health issues in maritime industries.

In addition to addressing scaffolding and welding hazards, the agenda will include discussions on commercial fishing industry guidance; arch flash guidance; safety zones in marine terminals and speed limits in marine terminals.

The committee advises Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA on the matters relevant to the workers safety and health in the maritime industries, marine terminals and longshoring, primarily shipyards and commercial fishing.

Committee and workgroup meetings will be held at the U.S. Department of Labor, 200 Constitution Ave, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210. The Longshore Workgroup will meet on Tuesday, 19th January 2010, in Room C-5515-1A and the Shipyard Workgroup will meet in Room C-5521-4. Committee members meet of Wednesday, January 20 in Room C-5521-4.

Submit comments by Jan 5, 2010, to Danielle Watson, Office of Maritime, OSHA, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-3609, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C. 20210; phone 202-693-1870 or fax 202-693-1663. General Information inquires are to be directed to Joseph Daddura, Office of Maritime, at 202-693-2067.

Under the OSHA Act of 1970, the role of OSHA is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for men and women of America by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and outreach.

OSHA Fines Farmers Union Coop Supply Co. Of Stanton Neb

OSHA Fines Farmers Union Coop Supply Co. Of Stanton Neb
Omaha, Neb. - OSHA other name for Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Farmers Union Coop Supply Co. of Stanton, Neb., with one alleged willful and nine serious violations after a worker was suffocated from lack of oxygen in the boot pit of a concrete grain elevator on June 19.

"Farmers Union Coop Supply Co. willfully allowed its employees to work in a dangerous environment," said OSHA’s regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo., Charles E. Adkins. “This tragedy could have been prevented by evaluating permit-required confined space conditions prior to entry."

The willful citations are proposed for the hazards that are associated with permit-required confined spaces. Specifically, the employer failed to evaluate permit-required confined space conditions by testing atmospheric conditions in the boot pit for carbon dioxide and oxygen levels prior to the entry. A willful violation is issued by OSHA when an employer shows plain indifference to or intentional disregard for the safety and health of the employee.

The company was proposed with serious citations for the failure to address adequately hazards that are associated with walking and working surfaces, permit-required confined spaces, wring methods and grain handling facilities. A serious citation is issued by OSHA when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which an employer knew or should have known.

The fine proposed is total of $120,700.

Farmers Union Coop Supply Co. buys and sells grain and gives employment to approximately 33 workers at three sites in Nebraska.

OSHA Proposes Penalties Of $484,000 Against Cambria Contracting Inc. For Asbestos Hazards

OSHA cited Cambria Contracting Inc. for 11 alleged willful violations of the standards of OSHA for failing to protect and train its workers at a Buffalo jobsite. The Lockport, N.Y., demolition contractor is charged a total of 484,000 as proposed in penalties.

“These significant penalties reflect the fact that this employer, an asbestos contractor with extensive knowledge of the OSHA standards that govern asbestos removal and handling, chose not to follow these standards and put its workers, including young, inexperienced college students, in harm’s way,” said Jordan Barab, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for OSHA.

OSHA found in inspection that many Cambria Contracting workers, who were cleaning up debris at former AM$A department store on Washington Avenue were not trained to in asbestos hazards and how to protect themselves. The workers also lacked protective clothing and proper respirators, and had not been informed of the presence of asbestos at the site. To its addition, the employer failed to determine the exposure level of asbestos and to establish a regulated work area for asbestos removal and handling. It also did not use vacuums with HEPA filters for collecting debris.

A willful violation as defined by OSHA as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for the safety and health of a worker. “This employer knew that training and other safeguards, which are well-known in the industry, were required, yet chose not to provide them,” said OSHA’s New York regional administrator, Robert Kulick. “That is unacceptable and needlessly placed the health of these workers at risk.”

Companies To Provide more Safety Information Requires Law

A measure, which was just signed onto law by President Obama, would prohibit the chemical companies from classifying safety information as “sensitive” in an effort to keep it from becoming public. This new law is in response to explosion at workplace that caused two fatalities.

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) drafted The American Communities Right to Public Information Act as a separate part of legislation. It was passed into law as a part of an appropriations bill for the department of Homeland Security.

The amendment makes it clear that the Sensitive Security Information designation that created by recent homeland security laws can’t be used to withhold the information that government should share with the public.

The legislation was drafted in response to Bayer CorpScience explosion in August, 2008 that killed two workers in Institute, WV.

Bayer was accused by the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee of using a “campaign of secrecy” regarding the explosion.

The committee said that Bayer withheld some critical information from emergency responders and the investigators from the U.S Chemical Safety Board.

The appropriations bill says that the information may not be designated as security sensitive “to conceal a violation of law, inefficiency, or administrative error, to prevent embarrassment to a person, organization or agency, to restrain competition, or to prevent or delay the release of information that doesn’t require protection in the interest of transportation security, including basic scientific research information.”

OSHA Fines Newark, NJ, Company More Than $212,000 for the Workplace Safety and Health Hazards

Newark, N.J OSHA has cited Solid Waste Transfer & Recycling Inc. for the alleged safety and health violations. The proposed penalties to the company are total of $212,400.

OSHA began its inspection on June 3 as a part of its proactive program that targets the companies in the industries with high injury and illness rates. And as a result, the company was issued the citations for four willful violations with a penalty of $198,000 and six violations with the penalty of $14,400.

The company’s failure to have an adequate lockout and procedure and a lack of machine guards was addressed as a willful violation. OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with the plain indifference to, or intentional disregard for the safety and health of employee.

The serious violation includes inadequate energy control procedures, blocked exits, compressed gas cylinders were not properly marked, lack of training and effectively close electrical box openings. A serious citation is issued when there is probability of serious physical harm or death could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

"Lockout procedures are designed to safeguard workers from the unexpected startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities," said the area director of OSHA’s office in Parsippany, N.J., Phil Peist “It is imperative that the company correct the identified hazards to protect the safety and health of its workers."

Sherwin-Williams Co. Recognized By OSHA For Workplace Safety And Health Excellence

Kansas City, Mo.—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has appointed Sherwin-Williams Co. in Coffeyville, Kan., as a Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) merit site for meeting or increasing workplace safety and health standards.

Sherwin-Williams that employ 25 workers in Coffeyville, manufacture, packages and distributes rust and smoke inhibitors, oil de-foamers and flame retardants. The company earned Voluntary Protection Programs recognition following a comprehensive onsite evaluation by a team of OSHA safety and health experts.

"Sherwin-Williams in Coffeyville has shown it is deeply committed to providing a safe and healthful workplace," said OSHA’s regional administrator In Kansas City, Mo., Charles E. Adkins. "The company's proactive approach toward safety is a model for others to follow."

OSHA’s recognition programs include the Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) for the employers and employees who have implemented exemplary workplace safety and health management systems. In the VPP, management, OSHA and labor work cooperatively and proactively to prevent illness, injuries and workplace hazards. As a part of attaining Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) status, employers must demonstrate the management and commitment to the safety and health of their employees and actively involve the employees in the safety and health management system.

Under the OSHA Act of 1970, the role of OSHA is to promote safe and healthy working conditions for the men and women of America by setting and enforcing standards and providing training and education.

Fine of $125,400 Is Proposed by OSHA against Leather Tanning Firm

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cites the Milwaukee leather tanning and finishing firm D.R. Diedrich and Co. for alleged willful and serious violations of the federal workplace safety standards, said the agency on Tuesday.

The fine proposed by OSHA is a total of $125,400.

OSHA started the inspection of the company at 2615W, Greves St. after it received a notice that a worker who was on the job for about three weeks was got killed when his harness was caught and he was pulled under and between the mixing drum.

According to the Milwaukee police, Billie J. Bell Jr. of Milwaukee was killed in the June 9 accident.

The inspection by OSHA revealed one willful and 21 serious violation of OSHA workplace standards, according to the statement given by the agency.

"The willful violation alleges the employer failed to guard machinery to protect workers who are routinely required to work in areas of unguarded rotating tanning drum mixers. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health," says the statement.

No one at the company was available for the comment.

OSHA had conducted an inspection of the company in 2008 and had issued two serious citations that involved hazard communication and industrial trucks.

OSHA proposes fine of $61,200 against Derry, N.H., Contractor at Medford, Mass

Andover, Mass OSHA cites Tri-Sprinkler Corp. for the alleged willful and serious violations of the safety standards following the fall of a worker from ten feet at a Medford, Mass., worksite. The Derry, N.H based contractor faces $61, 200 in the proposed fines.

The inspection by OSHA began on Sept. 29, 2009 after knowing the accident in August in which employee fell and was seriously injured when installing a sprinkler system above the ceiling of a building that was located at 215 Harvard St. In the inspection OSHA found that no form of fall protection had been provided that is needed for the employees who work six feet or higher.

"The need for fall protection was clear and recognized, yet this employer did not provide this basic, commonsense and legally required safeguard," said the area director of OSHA for Middlesex and Essex, Paul Mangiafico. "This hazard was exacerbated by a lack of fall protection training, through which the worker could have recognized and prevented this hazard, and the employer's failure to ensure prompt and timely medical attention for the injured worker."

The Tri-State Sprinkler was issued one willful citation with a proposed fine of $42,000, for the lack of fall protection and other six citations of $19,200 in fines for, the lack of training and prompt medical attention, not ensuring that the surface of the work could sustain the employee’s weight, not providing ladder that extended three feet beyond the elevated work surface, exposed live electrical wires and an unguarded pipe threading machine.

OSHA Fines Sunoco Inc. For Workplace Safety and Health Hazards

Marcus Hook, Pa The Occupational Safety and Health Administration( OHSA) has fined $32,000 to Sunoco Inc. in Marcus Hook for workplace safety and health violations.

OSHA started the investigation following an ethylene complex explosion in May 2009 at the Marcus Hook refinery. As a result of investigation, the company was issued one repeat violation with a penalty of $25,000 and two other serious violations with a penalty of $7,000.

"It is imperative that Sunoco correct all the identified hazards to ensure a safe and healthy workplace for its workers," said OSHA’s area director in Philadelphia, Al D’Imperio.

The repeat violation includes the failure of the company to establish and implement the written procedures to maintain the on-going mechanical integrity of process equipment. A repeat violation is issued by OSHA when it finds a substantially similar violation of standard, regulation, rule or order issued to the same employer within the previous three years.

The serious violation shows deficiencies in the company’s process hazard analysis. A serious citation is issued by OSHA when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.

The company has 15 working days from the receipt of the citations to comply, request for an informal conference with the area director of OSHA, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, role of the OSHA is to promote safe and healthy working conditions for the people of America and providing training, outreach and education.

Why Taking OSHA 10 Hour Course is Important

Employer is always obliged to make sure that the workplace is safe for the employees and also to ensure that the risk of accidents is kept to minimum. He must also have the overall safety program. OSHA 10 Hour training a part of Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s plan to provide a safe work environment and also maintain thereafter. There are some states require that all the employees should have a minimum of 10 hours of safety training to work in a public construction site.

What are the states that require OSHA 10 hour course training?

OSHA training is required by the law in the States of Connecticut, Missouri, New Hampshire, Navada, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New York. It is considered to be considered to be illegal to work on any public construction site without being OSHA 10 hour construction course certified.

Who can get certified for OSHA 10 hour course

Anybody who lives in the states mentioned above should get certified if they plan to work in a construction field. Some business may require that their workers to take OSHA 10 hour course to keep their employees safe and avoid the OSHA’s hefty non-compliance penalties. There are no pre-requisite for these training courses. Anybody who wants to raise awareness of workplace injury prevention or work related hazard is encouraged to take the course.

Where can you get certified?

There are two ways to get certified, one is online certification and the other is onsite. Online certification is the great for the individuals and small business because it allows the individual to work at their own pace and in their own place. However, onsite training allows for a single instructor to train a large group of people.

OSHA Alleges West Lafayette Ind Excavator For Dangerous Safety Violations

Danville, Ill - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cites the Atlas Excavating Inc. in West Lafayette, Ind., with two alleged willful violations for not following the federal safety standards at trenching operation in Danville and was proposed penalties of total $130,200.

OSHA started an inspection in May 2009 in Danville at excavation jobsites after receiving the information that the employees were working in about 8 feet deep excavations without cave-in protection. And as a result to the inspection, OSHA issued two willful violations in failing to provide the workers in a trench a means of exit.

OSHA’s definition of willful violation as one committed with intentional disregard or plain indifference to the safety and health of the employee. A serious citation is issued if there is a substantial probability that physical harm or death could result from a hazard about which the employer should have known. "It has long been known that cave-in fatalities are entirely preventable," said Area Director Nick Walters in Peoria, Ill. "Any employer involved in trenching and excavation can protect its workers by following OSHA's clear regulations. Those who ignore safe practices and OSHA regulations are inviting tragedy into the lives of workers and their families."

OSHA inspected Atlas Excavating in Indiana seven times since 2000 with the numerous serious violations issued.

The company has been given 15 business days from the receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with the area director of OSHA or can contest citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA Cites Fine of $58,100 Against Plainville, Mass., Manufacturer After A Worker Loses Tip Of Finger

Braintree, Mass. - OSHA has cited Dale Medical Products Inc. for alleged and willful serious violations of workplace safety standards after a worker lost the tip of his finger while operating a packaging machine in March. Fine of $58, 100 is proposed to the Plainville, Mass., manufacturer and packager of medical equipment.

The injury took place when the worker’s finger was pinched by a heat seal bar which was used to seal plastic bags. On the inspection by OSHA, it found three such packaging machines in the plant that did not had the required safeguards to keep the employees from becoming caught in their point of operation. Due to this condition workers were exposed to laceration and amputation injuries.

"It's imperative that machines be adequately guarded and the guarding continually maintained to prevent the possibility of accidents such as this one," said OSHA’s area director for Southeastern Massachusetts. "In this case, three other similar machines were allowed to operate with missing or inadequate safeguards after the accident."

As a result of the condition, OSHA issued one willful citation to the company, with a proposed fine of $56,000, for the lack of machine guarding. Occupational Safety and Health Administration defines willful violations as one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard to the safety and health of the employee.

There were also two serious citations were issued to the company, with $2,100 in fines, for not availing a hazard communication program and training for the employees working with the hazardous chemicals in the workplace.

OSHA Imposes More Than $50,000 In Fines Against Utility Painting Company Working In Naperville

Naperville, Ill. - OSHA has imposed utility equipment maintenance contractor Midsun Group Inc., Southington, Conn., with serious and willful violations of the federal workplace safety standards at worksites in Naperville, Ill, with a proposed fine of $50,250.

OSHA’s inspection started in July after getting information that the workers were exposed to potential electrocution when painting transmission poles in the Naperville area. The inspection revealed nine alleged serious and two alleged of willful violations of the OSHA standards.

One willful violation addressed potential electrocution based on the energized transmission lines which were not grounded. And the second willful violation addressed to the employees working within the minimum approach distance in a bucket truck which was improperly rated for the work being conducted. A willful violation is explained as one committed with knowing, intentional or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements or with the plain indifference to employee health and safety.

The serious violations included untested or improper personal protective equipment, training deficiencies and also the lack of fall protection. A violation of OSHA is serious if death or any serious physical harm can result from a hazard that an employer knew or should have known exists.

"Over the years, we've worked hard to combat the problem of electrocution among utility line workers," said Kathy Webb, OSHA Area Director in North Aurora, Ill. "We will continue to vigorously enforce OSHA's workplace safety requirements, as they have proven effective in saving lives."

Under the OSHA Act of 1970, the role of OSHA is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for the men and women of America by setting and enforcing standards.

OSHA’s Alliance Renewal with Chippewa Valley Technical College

Eau Claire, Wis. - Workers from the greater Eau Claire will continue to benefit from the renewal of the alliance between Chippewa Technical College (CVTC) and the OSHA designed to prevent and reduce some of the most common workplace illness and injuries threats.

The formal alliance between the two was signed in Eau Claire to develop safety training programs and materials that focus on the relevant health and safety issues. Over the past two years, the alliance of CVTC and OSHA has provided workplace safety and health courses for supervisors, employees and management officials those employed in the district of CVTC and all the area covered by the alliance.

"This alliance continues to help us combat all kinds of hazards through the development and presentation of programs designed to keep working men and women safe on the job," said Mark Hysell, OSHA’s Area Director in Eau Claire. "Working with an organization that has the stature and reputation of the Chippewa Valley Technical College to combat these issues ultimately will make area workplaces safer places to be."

Through the Alliance Program, OSHA works with the groups those committed to safety and health, including trade or professional organizations, businesses, educational institutions, to power resources and expertise to develop compliance assistance tools and resources and share the information with the employees and employers to prevent illness, injuries and fatalities in a workplace. The organization and OSHA sign a formal agreement with goals that address education and training, communication and outreach, and promoting the national dialogue on safety and health of a workplace.