OSHA Enforcement

Syracuse, NY – OSHA has cited Remington Arms Company LLC – based in Madison, North Carolina – for 27 violations of workplace safety and health standards after an employee’s fingertip was amputated while working on a broaching machine at its Ilion, New York, manufacturing plant. The arms manufacturer faces $210,132 in penalties.

OSHA inspectors found numerous safety violations, including lack of machine guarding and exposures to electrical, chemical, ladder, tripping, crushing, and struck-by hazards.

The company was also cited for several health violations, failing to:

  • Conduct atmospheric testing in confined spaces;
  • Monitor lead exposure levels;
  • Implement a hearing conservation program;
  • Provide first-aid training and appropriate protective clothing for employees working with corrosive chemicals;
  • Protect employees from exposure to cadmium; and
  • Label hazardous chemicals containers.

Doral, FL – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Brinker Florida Inc. – operator of a Chili’s Grill and Bar restaurant in Doral, Florida – for exposing employees to burns, falls, and other hazards.

OSHA inspected the restaurant after an employee suffered burns when falling from an unguarded platform into a hot water bath. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $62,513.

OSHA cited the company – based in Coppell, Texas – for failing to

  • Maintain copies of required safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals used in the restaurant;
  • Provide information and training on the chemicals;
  • Provide appropriate eye and face protection; and
  • Provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes for employees using hazardous chemicals.

The company also failed to ensure inspections of portable ladders before each use or shift.

Jacksonville, FL – OSHA has cited Florida Roofing Experts Inc. for exposing employees to fall hazards at a Jacksonville, Florida, worksite. The company faces the maximum penalty allowed of $132,598.

OSHA initiated the inspection as part of the Agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Falls in Construction after inspectors saw employees performing residential roofing activities without fall protection.

OSHA cited the roofing contractor for failing to provide fall protection for employees working at heights up to 13 feet.

Michigan OSHA issued seven citations and $65,000 in penalties to Powder Cote II, based in Mt Clemens, MI – described as powder coating and electrocoating specialists on their website – for failing to provide:

  • Fall protection or guardrail systems;
  • Guard rotating shafts and machinery; and
  • Failing to control the startup of machinery during maintenance. The company was previously cited for these violations in 2014.