Worker Fatality at NH Stone Manufacturer

Source: Pavel Ilyukhin - 123RF

OSHA has cited Quartz and Stone Creations of New Hampshire LLC for crushing and other hazards following an employee fatality on July 19, 2019.

OSHA cited the Northwood, New Hampshire, stone products manufacturer for 12 serious and six other-than-serious violations, which faces a total of $87,516 in penalties.

The inspection took place after a stone slab fell off a storage rack and crushed the employee. OSHA inspectors cited the company for using improperly modified forklifts, which adversely affected their lifting capacity and safe operation.

The agency also cited the company:

  • For failing to remove defective forklifts from service;
  • Inadequate inspections of the forklifts;
  • Failing to train employees; and
  • Allowing employees to work and pass beneath elevated forklift booms.

OSHA issued additional citations for:

  • An inadequate lockout/tagout program,
  • Lack of eye protection,
  • Electric shock hazards;
  • Unguarded machinery;
  • Inaccessible emergency exit ladder;
  • Unmarked or obscured exit signs;
  • Uninspected fire extinguisher;
  • Lack of silica exposure monitoring; and
  • Deficient monitoring records.

OSHA’s New Hampshire Area Director, Rosemarie O. Cole, said in a news release:

“Complying with OSHA regulations and manufacturers’ recommendations for forklift equipment could have prevented this tragedy”, adding, “Employers are legally obligated to ensure that the equipment workers use is safe to operate and that hazards within the workplace have been identified and corrected to prevent potentially fatal or disabling injuries.”

OSHA’s Powered Industrial Trucks page provides detailed information on hazards, safeguards, training and safe operation of forklifts. OSHA also provides information on hazardous energy controlsilicamachine guardingnoise, and eye and face protection.

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