Heavy Penalties in OSHA Enforcement Action

Houston, TX – OSHA has cited Custom Rubber Products LLC for failing to properly guard machinery and exposing employees to severe injury and amputation hazards.

The company faces $530,392 in fines, the maximum penalty allowable by law.

OSHA cited Custom Rubber Products LLC for four egregious willful violations for machine guarding and caught-in hazards, and the company remains in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA cited the company for similar hazards in 2014 after another employee was severely injured.

OSHA’s Acting Regional Administrator in Dallas, Eric S. Harbin said, “Employers are required to assess potential hazards and make necessary corrections to ensure a safe workplace,” adding, “The inspection results demonstrate workplace deficiencies existed putting workers at serious risk of injury.”  

Lincoln, NE – T.H. Construction Co. was in willful violation of OSHA’s safety standards after a trench collapse left two employees seriously injured.

The company failed to use protective systems to prevent a collapse at a Lincoln, Neb. construction site, resulting in proposed fines of $106,078.

The agency recently updated the National Emphasis Program on preventing trenching and excavation collapses, and developed a series of compliance assistance resources to help keep workers safe from these hazards. 

Strattanville, PA – OSHA has cited Champion Modular Inc. for exposing employees to safety and health hazards.

The company faces $687,650 in penalties.

OSHA initiated an inspection after an employee suffered an amputation in November 2018.

The Agency issued willful and serious citations for the following failing to use machine guarding, provide fall protection, and train workers on hazard communication and hearing conservation.

Below are the maximum penalty amounts adjusted for inflation as of Jan. 23, 2019. (See OSHA Memo, Jan 23, 2019).

Type of ViolationPenalty
Serious
Other-Than-Serious
Posting Requirements
$13,260 per violation
Failure to Abate$13,260 per day beyond the abatement date
Willful or Repeated$132,598 per violation