Week of July 12-18

Illinois Pallet Manufacturer Cited After Employees Are Sickened from Unsafe CO2 Levels:

OSHA has cited Cleary Pallet Sales Inc., a Genoa, Illinois-based pallet manufacturer after 10 employees required emergency medical treatment for carbon monoxide exposure. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $216,253.

OSHA investigators inspected the facility in January 2018 and found that employees were exposed to carbon monoxide levels nearly 10 times the permissible exposure limit.

OSHA citations are for the following violations:

  • Failing to address high carbon monoxide level warnings;
  • Allowing employees to operate defective forklifts;
  • Failing to ensure adequate machine guarding; and
  • Failing to train workers on hazardous communications and forklift safety.

A subsequent inspection conducted one month later found further machine safety violations at the facility.

Cal/OSHA Fines Distribution Center Following Forklift Worker Injury:

California OSHA issued 11 citations and $97,430 in penalties to Pixior, LLC, after a worker was struck by a forklift.

Inspectors determined that the company failed in the following areas:

  • To perform an assessment of the workplace to determine if hazards were present,
  • To ensure that forklift operators were trained and evaluated, and
  • To prevent forklift operators from carrying loads that obstruct their view.

Hi/OSHA Cites Water Utility for Exposing Workers to Trenching Hazards:

The Hawaii Occupational Safety and Health Division issued nine citations and $198,828 in penalties to the City and County of Honolulu Board of Water Supply for exposing workers to trenching and excavation hazards.

Inspectors concluded that the employer failed to provide a safe means of exit, properly install a shoring system, and control the accumulation of water in a trench where three workers were installing a water main.

The utility was cited for these violations in 2014 and 2017.