Week of June 7-13

Lessard Roofing & Siding Inc., ME

After multiple investigations by OSHA, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit, Boston, MA, ordered a Maine roofing contractor who has operated as Lessard Roofing & Siding Inc. and Lessard Brothers Construction Inc. to implement a comprehensive safety and training program after receiving repeated citations for exposing workers to falls. The owner, Stephen Lessard, was also ordered to produce substantial documentation that will demonstrate the extent to which he is able to pay $389,685 in outstanding fines issued by OSHA.

OSHA cited Lessard Roofing & Siding Inc. and Lessard Brothers Construction Inc. for safety violations at 11 different work sites in Maine between 2000 and 2011. Stephen Lessard failed to correct the cited violations, implement appropriate safety measures, and pay accumulated fines and interest, despite being ordered to do so by the 1st Circuit in December 2011. The Court held the owner in civil contempt for defying the 2011 order.

The Court also ordered Lessard:

  • To ensure that employees and contractors use required safety equipment and fall protection;
  • Conduct worksite safety analyses and meetings;
  • Employ a “competent person” to ensure work is performed according to OSHA regulations;
  • Notify OSHA about each worksite, and allow inspectors to enter these sites; and provide financial documentation to enable the Department to determine the owner’s ability to pay the fines;
  • Submit certification of abatement of the previously cited hazards; and
  • Comply with OSHA standards.

In particular, the safety program must include recognition and acceptance of responsibility as an employer, general contractor or supervisory contractor to ensure that all their employees, independent contractors or subcontractors use all appropriate safety equipment and fall protection apparatus and follow appropriate procedures.

If the owner fails to comply with the order, the court will consider additional sanctions up to and including jail time.

Brady Linen Services, LLC, NV

Nevada OSHA issued three citations and $84,000 in penalties to Brady Linen Services, LLC in North Las Vegas for exposing workers to amputation and struck-by hazards from moving machinery.

Inspectors discovered that the company had disabled safety switches on automatic towel folding machines. The company also failed to provide machine guarding on conveyor belts, exposing workers to caught-in and amputation hazards.

EnviroTech Services, Greeley, CO

OSHA is proposing nearly $65,000 in penalties for a Colorado company where a worker died after inhaling toxic fumes while cleaning the inside of a rail car. The agency said that the company didn’t provide respiratory protection, didn’t properly ventilate the car, and didn’t have an emergency rescue plan.

According to its website, EnviroTech provides de-icing, anti-icing, dust control, soil stabilization and erosion control services.

TPI Composites, Newton, IA

The maker of wind turbine blades has been fined nearly $155,000 for multiple workplace safety violations.

The violations included fire hazards, airborne contaminants, faulty record keeping, fall hazards and a lack of employee training.

Dozens of former workers say TPI didn’t properly protect them from dangerous chemicals that caused them severe skin injuries. Those complaints were first reported by the Des Moines Register. Some workers say they were fired after reporting the injuries.

According to the Register, 6 former employees are suing the company.

EWP Renewable Corp., Springfield, NH

The Mount Laurel, New Jersey, company faces $125,460 in proposed penalties after a worker suffered fatal injuries when he was pulled into a conveyor at the company’s Springfield, N.H. plant.

OSHA inspectors found that the conveyor and other machinery lacked required safety guarding, and employees were not trained in lockout/tagout procedures to prevent equipment from unintentionally starting.

OSHA also cited Springfield Power for fall hazards, electric shock and arc flash hazards and lack of adequate emergency evacuation, fire prevention, and hazardous energy control programs.