OSHA Enforcement

El Paso, TX – OSHA has levied fines of $194,350 against Bruce Foods Corp, a canned foods manufacturer, after a worker suffered an amputation.

The company was also cited for 24 serious violations:

  • Failing to train employees in lockout/tagout procedures;
  • Had inadequate machine guarding and lack of fall protection; and
  • Exposed employees to live electrical parts.

OSHA El Paso Area Director, Diego Alvarado Jr said, “Moving machine parts can cause severe injuries when they are not properly guarded and safety procedures are not in place,” adding, ” this injury could have been prevented with employee training and proper machine guarding.” 

Virgina OSHA issued 12 citations and $528,692 in penalties to T.D. Fraley & Sons, Inc., after a worker who was removing scaffolding sections received an electric shock from contact with a power line.

Inspectors concluded that the company failed to protect workers from the energized power line, and ensure that scaffolding was properly supported.

Eastlake, OH – OSHA has cited Conn-Selmer Inc. for exposing workers to copper dust and machine hazards at the company’s Eastlake, Ohio, musical instrument manufacturing facility.

The company faces penalties of $200,230 for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations.

OSHA inspectors determined that the company:

  • Exposed workers to copper dust in excess of the recommended permissible exposure levels;
  • Failed to provide machine guarding, adequate controls to minimize exposure, and safety procedures to prevent employees from coming into contact with operating parts; and
  • Neglected to follow requirements for respiratory protection, electrical safety, and labeling hazardous chemicals.

Atlanta, GA – A motion picture company is facing fines for
failing to adequately protect stuntmen from on-set hazards.

OSHA cited Eye Productions Inc. for failing to protect employees from hazards while filming a television show in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia.

Proposed penalties total $9,472.

OSHA investigated the incident after a stuntman was injured while performing a stunt from a moving vehicle traveling approximately 18 mph.

OSHA issued a serious citation for failing to provide adequate head protection during stunts.