Week of Aug 23-29

Rubber and Plastic Manufacturer Cited for 44 safety and Health Violations

OSHA has cited Sperry & Rice LLC for 44 safety and health violations at its rubber and plastic manufacturing plant in Killbuck, Ohio. The company faces penalties totaling $400,775.

OSHA inspected the facility in response to a complaint and cited the company for failing to provide newly hired employees with information on the use and safe handling of hazardous chemicals.

OSHA also cited the company for failing to provide the following:

  • Adequate machine guards,
  • Personal protective equipment,
  • Respiratory protection, and fall protection;
  • Exposing employees to electrical safety, and tripping hazards; and
  • Failing to train workers on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machines from unintentionally starting.

OSHA Issues Citations, Fines In Fatal Towboat Blast

OSHA cited five contractors for safety and health violations after three contract employees were killed and two others critically injured in an explosion January 19 onboard the mv. William Strait, which was docked at the time on the Tennessee River in Calvert City, Ky. The five companies collectively received notices of 55 violations, with proposed penalties totaling $795,254.

OSHA cited ship repair contractor First Marine LLC; insulation contractor Thermal Control & Fabrication Inc.; temporary staffing companies Hutco Inc. and Day Help LLC (doing business as Wise Staffing Group); and blasting and painting contractor Joe Rupcke. First Marine has been placed in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA inspectors also found:

  • Hoses carrying oxygen or acetylene were not properly inspected at the beginning of each shift;
  • Hoses repaired with splice kits were not properly tested before being put back into service; and
  • Hoses were not stored properly to avoid injury.

Colorado Construction Companies Cited after Fatal Fall

OSHA has cited Hammers Construction Inc. and Montes Construction LLC after a worker suffered a fatal fall at a worksite in Greenwood Village, Colorado. The companies face proposed penalties totaling $177,893.

OSHA performed a worksite inspection in March 2018 after a worker fell while installing metal roofing panels on a storage unit building.

The two companies were cited for failure to restrict employees from standing on the mid-rails of scissor lifts and for failure to use adequate fall protection. Montes Construction LLC was previously cited in January 2018 for failure to provide fall protection and now faces a willful citation.

AL Businesses Fined for Workplace Fall Hazards

Thorpe Specialty Services Corp., operating as Thorpe Plant Services Inc., and Steel Dust Recycling LLC, face fines for fall and confined space hazards after an employee was hospitalized following a 30-foot fall at Steel Dust’s Millport facility.

Thorpe Plant Services faces $175,528 in proposed penalties, the maximum allowable penalty. Steel Dust’s penalties total $28,270, according to a news release.

OSHA also cited Thorpe for failing to conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing employees to enter a confined space, failing to develop a permit prior to employees entering a confined space and to ensure emergency services were provided when employees entered a permit-required confined space.

OSHA cited Steel Dust for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to implement their permit space entry program, and not advising Thorpe that the required work involved a permit space entry.