Weekly OSHA Citation Roundup

Source: OSHA

The following employers have received citations from OSHA for exposing workers to dangerous or hazardous work conditions this past week:

Hua Da Construction, PA

OSHA cited the employer for exposing workers to:

  • Electrical shock, trip, fall, struck-by and impalement hazards;
  • Obstructed egress routes;
  • Unsafe use of ladders and compressed gas cylinders; and
  • Lack of fall protection. Hua Da Construction was cited for similar violations in 2016.

As a result of the violations, proposed penalties total $222,152.

Jose Barrientos, Wichita, KS

OSHA inspectors discovered employees of Jose Barrientos, a roofing contractor, who has had a long history with OSHA for failing to protect his workers from fall hazards.

The agency has cited the employer for fall hazards five times in the past decade. This time around, OSHA found two willful and six serious violations.

  • Roofers were working without appropriate fall protection;
  • They were not training on ladder usage and hazardous materials; and
  • Debris from the work area was not cleared.

Barrientos has 15 days to appeal the $191,071 in fines.

P&S Paving Inc., Daytona Beach, FL

OSHA has imposed penalties of $138,927 on the paving company for allowing employees to work in a trench without cave-in protection. The company was also cited for failing to train employees on trench hazards and provide a safe means to enter and exit the trench.

Fisher Construction Inc., Billings, MT

The company has been fined $8,148 after a worker was killed when he was struck by a concrete beam that broke loose at a South Side construction site in January.

The company was cited and fined for failing to conduct an adequate engineering survey prior to the start of demolition work on the former Labor Temple Hall at South 29th Street and First Avenue South. The fine was later reduced to $5,700 after Fisher Construction corrected the problem.

The company also received a $3,297 fine, later reduced to $2,300, for not protecting employees from exposure to airborne silica dust while using drills and grinders.

Montana has spent more than a decade atop the national rankings for its rate of workplace injuries in the private sector.

In 2016, 4.2 injuries were reported for every 100 full-time workers in the state — a slight improvement over the rate of 4.3 reported in 2015, and the fourth straight year in which that number has decreased, according to a report released by the Department of Labor and Industry in November

2016’s rate places Montana behind only Washington, Vermont and Maine — although the national rankings omit a handful of states that don’t report those data.

Montana officials have not been able to pinpoint why the state ranks so high for workplace injuries and illnesses.

Huntsville, AL

OSHA has cited All Power Construction Corp. and staffing agency Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. after a temporary employee installing sewer lines suffered a fatal injury in a trench collapse. All Power Construction Corp. faces $139,684 in proposed penalties and Labor Finders of Tennessee Inc. faces the maximum allowed $12,934 in proposed penalties.

OSHA issued willful and serious citations to All Power Construction Corp. for allowing employees to work in a trench without cave-in protection, failing to provide a safe means to enter and exit the trench, and not having a competent person inspect the trench to identify potential hazards. OSHA cited the staffing agency for one serious violation for not ensuring that employees were trained on trenching and excavation hazards.

The investigation was part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Trenching and Excavation.

Naples, FL

OSHA has cited Douglas N. Higgins Inc., a South Florida utility company after an employee suffered fatal injuries at a Naples Park worksite. The company faces $162,596 in proposed penalties, the maximum allowed.

The employee suffered the fatal injuries when a steel plate fell on him as he installed sewer lines. OSHA cited the company for permitting employees to work in a trench without adequate cave-in protection; failing to provide safe entry and exit from a trench, perform atmospheric testing, and train employees on signals used when moving trench boxes; and allowing employees to use defective equipment to hoist a compactor.

The Agency cited the company for a similar violation in January 2017 after three employees succumbed to toxic gases while working in a manhole.