Week of Aug 9-15

Pipe-Laying Co Fined for Trenching Hazards

OSHA has issued penalties totaling $190,642 to El Paso Underground Construction, a pipe-laying company, after the latest inspection found the company has repeatedly failed to protect employees from trench collapse hazards, according to the federal agency.

OSHA also has placed El Paso Underground Construction in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

The inspection was conducted in February 2018 after OSHA personnel saw employees working in an unprotected trench.

OSHA cited the company for serious and willful violations — failing to provide employees a safe means of entering and exiting a trench, not protecting employees against cave-ins, and failing to train employees in safe work practices.

The Texas company had been cited four times in 2017 for failing to protect employees from trench collapse hazards.

PA Crane Company Cited after Crane Worker’s Death

OSHA has cited Grove U.S. LLC in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania for exposing workers to safety hazards.

Issac Notz, 38, of Manitowoc, and two others were killed on Feb. 2, 2018, when a 300-ton crane collapsed at the Shady Grove facility.

OSHA’s investigation determined the company placed work facilities too close to the crane testing area.

The company faces proposed penalties totaling $14,976, the maximum amount allowed.

AL Car Dealership Cited Following Fatal Fire

A settlement has been reached following the 2017 flash fire at Carl Cannon Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC in Jasper, Alabama.

An oil bin ignited, killing three people and injuring two others.

OSHA and Carl Cannon Inc. reached a settlement agreement to resolve citations and penalties issued. The company will pay $114,074 in penalties.

OSHA reported that their investigation determined the fire occurred as employees used a flammable brake wash to scrub the service pit floor.

OSHA cited the company for failing to implement all elements of a chemical hazard communication program, improperly storing flammable liquids, and allowing the use of unapproved electrical receptacles and equipment in a hazardous area.

As part of the settlement, which became final on Aug. 1, 2018, the company agreed to correct the hazards, provide the required abatement documentation, and comply with safety and health standards.

SC BMW Plant Cited in Employee’s Death

BMW contractor Lodige USA Inc. was cited for four safety violations following an investigation into a worker’s death that happened in March at the Spartanburg County BMW plant.

Lodige may have to pay up to $6,975 in fines.

Bojam Sprah, 45, a Lodige employee, was killed on March 28 while working on a vehicle lift in the BMW facility. Sprah was struck by a 4,883-pound counterweight and suffered massive open head trauma, according to a report from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

The Department cited Lodige for four safety violations categorized as serious.  A violation is considered serious when there is a hazardous condition that has a “substantial probability” of causing serious injury or death to workers, if an accident were to occur and the employer knows or should have known of the conditions, according to a spokesperson for the Department.

BMW did not receive any citations in connection with the investigation.