OSHA Enforcement

Kalispell, MT – Nelcon Inc. is facing $261,418 in fines after numerous injuries at one of its mobile asphalt-mixing plants.

Three workers suffered burns when ambient oil was poured into a larger hot oil tank. One of those workers was hospitalized after falling 15 ft. during the incident.

OSHA opened an investigation shortly after the accident and found that the company exposed workers to 23 safety violations, including:

  • Failure to use fall protection systems;
  • Failure to use guard machinery;
  • Not providing adequate personal protective equipment;
  • Failure to control hazardous energy; and
  • Failure to report a work-related incident leading to in-patient hospitalization within 24 hours, as required.

Nelcon Inc. has 15 business days to respond to the citations either through compliance, an informal conference or by contesting the findings.

Gainesville, GA – OSHA has cited Riverside Military Academy Inc. – a military college preparatory academy – for exposing employees to trenching hazards.

The company faces $381,882 in penalties, including citations for the maximum penalties allowed by law.

OSHA issued willful citations for allowing employees to work inside a trench without cave-in protection and a safe means to enter and exit the excavation, and failing to locate underground utilities prior to conducting excavation work.

OSHA also issued serious citations for failing to identify permit-required confined spaces, and train employees to recognize and avoid trenching hazards.

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

OSHA has placed Riverside Military Academy Inc. in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA’s Trenching and Excavation safety and health page includes information on sloping, shoring, and shielding trench walls to prevent trench cave-ins, and methods to prevent other trenching hazards.