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New Jersey contractors face more than $291,000 in fines after exposing employees to falls in two separate incidents

 

Inspections of four worksites found that this construction company did not provide fall protection for its workers, exposing them to imminent danger. OSHA also issued repeated citations involving failure to provide personal protective equipment, improper use of portable ladders at the worksites, and failure to conduct frequent and regular worksite inspections.

 

 

Site #1:

 

SERIOUS – Employer did not ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment or methods are in use. 1926.28(a)

  • SERIOUS – Employer did not ensure that appropriate eye protection equipment is used. 1926.501(b)(13)
  • SERIOUS – Employer did not ensure that portable ladders are being set to the correct working length. 1926.1053(b)(1)

 

Site #2:

 

  • SERIOUS – A snaphook not of the locking type was engaged directly to webbing, rope or wire rope. 1926.502(d)(6)(i)
  • SERIOUS – Personal fall arrest systems, when stopping a fall, were not rigged such that an employee could not free fall more than 6 feet nor contact any lower level. 1926.502(d)(16)(iii).
  • SERIOUS – The top of a stepladder was used as a step. 1926.1053(b)(13)
  • WILLFUL – Each employee engaged in residential construction activities 6 feet or more above lower levels was not protected by guardrail systems, safety net systems, personal fall arrest systems, or an alternative fall protection measure . 1926501(b)(13)

 

Site #3:

 

  • WILLFUL – Employer does not ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment or methods are in use. 1926.501(b)
  • REPEAT – Where portable ladders were used for access to an upper landing surface and the ladder’s length allows, the ladder side rails did not extend at least 3 feet. 1926.1053(b)(1)

 

Site #4

 

  • WILLFUL – The employee does not ensure that appropriate fall protection equipment or methods are in use. 1926.501(b)(13)
  • REPEAT – Appropriate personal protective equipment was not worn by employee(s) in all operations where there was exposure to hazardous conditions. 1926.28(a)
  • REPEAT – Portable ladders were used for access to an upper landing surface and the ladder side rails did not extend at least 3 feet above the upper landing surface to which the ladder was used to gain access. 1926.1053(b)(1)

 

 

An expanded explanation of this company’s cited violations can be seen at the internet site:

https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/StationBuildersInc1138549.pdf, https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/StationBuildersInc1157012.pdf https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/StationBuildersInc1155798.pdf https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/StationBuildersInc1150159.pdf

 

 

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California OSHA fined a bakery in Montebello $196,450 after a worker suffered fractures and lacerations to his hand and fingers. The worker was scraping material from a machine while it was operating, which caused his right hand to become entangled in the turning conveyor. Inspectors concluded that the company failed to ensure that the machine could not be activated during cleaning and servicing, resulting in a permanent disfiguring injury.

 

(Neither the company nor the employee wanted this to happen. Why was this done this way? How much product does this bakery - or your company - have to sell to offset this profit loss? This does NOT include the cost of workers compensation. Was it worth taking this shortcut or the time saved? Would the company or the injured worker or his family say yes?)

 

Take a moment to inspect your facility for these and other safety violations or the short cuts you are allowing or encouraging your employees to take.

 

Make sure you have properly trained your employees and that they are complying with that training.

 

As an Authorized OSHA 10 & 30 Trainer with over 30 years of safety experience, our Safety Director Bob Revels can help your company with any of your safety inspection and safety training needs (i.e., Forklift Training, Global Harmonized System, Hazard Communications training, Fall Protection Training, Lockout/Tagout Training, Recordkeeping, Drug Testing, etc.)

 

Give Bob a call today at 828-335-0088!