Federal and State OSHA Agencies Issued Over $ 2 Million in Fines in Recent Weeks

29 Aug

Companies across the nation in the past several weeks have  received OSHA citations and fines at a record pace, including a Hawaii food warehouse fined $251,000, a petroleum industry manufacturer fined $141,000, a Texas wood manufacturer fined over $148,000, a grain farm fined $127,000 for grain bin hazards and a Texas cabinet maker fined over $267,000 for combustible dust hazards.  Examples of what the State and Federal OSHA inspectors have recently been targeting include specific violations such as:

·         Locked and sealed exit doors

·         Failure to keep exit routs clear and unobstructed

·         Failure to clearly mark and post exit signs

·         Missing stair railings

·         Unguarded floor openings

·         Deficiencies in plan for workplace emergencies

The serious safety violations included failing to;

·         Ensure electrical equipment is approved for usage

·         Keep flammable liquids in closed containers

·         Preventing the accumulation of combustible dust

·         Properly repairing and maintain forklifts

·         Providing adequate guarding on machinery

·         Lockout or tagout energy sources

Serious health violations included failing to:

·         Implement a hearing conservation program, and use engineering or administrative controls

·         Administer audiometric exams to affected workers

·         Provide chemical eyewash stations to workers exposed to corrosive chemicals

·         Implement a hazardous chemical communications program

For help in reviewing the OSHA requirements for your workplace, contact Don Dressler Consulting by email at DonDressler1@hotmail.com

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