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A Vinyl Floor Manufacturer Faces $514,236 in OSHA Penalties – Part 2

Wednesday, January 10th, 2018

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English: The Frances Perkins Building located at 200 Constitution Avenue, N.W., in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Built in 1975, the modernist office building serves as headquarters of the United States Department of Labor. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Two workers were injured on the job at a vinyl floor manufacturer facility in Fostoria, Ohio. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an inspection after the workplace injuries were reported. On December 21, 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor announced in a press release that Nox US LLC, a luxury vinyl tile manufacturer in Ohio, is now facing proposed penalties in the amount of $514,236 for alleged safety violations.

The following is more information about those willful violations:

  • On or about July 11, 2017, according to OSHA investigators, the employer allegedly failed to properly train employees on lockout/tagout equipment. One example is the grinder and hopper butterfly valves on Line 1 of the PVC Recycle System. Workers allegedly did not control all of the sources of hazardous energy, such as pneumatic and electrical, prior to conducting activities such as cleaning the hopper and rebuilding the grinder. Employees were exposed to amputation hazards because all hazardous energy sources were not controlled before conducting work, as required. The Proposed Penalty for the Alleged Willful Violation: $126,749.
  • On or about July 14, 2017, at Nox US, LLC, in Fostoria, Ohio, the employer allegedly failed to ensure that there was an enclosed stationary casing on the rotating horizontal shaft of the transfer table, which was located next to Cutter #2. In addition, on or about July 3, the same violation allegedly occurred next to Cutter #3. The Proposed Penalty for the Alleged Willful Violation: $108,639.

See Part 1 of this two-part series.

–Guest Contributor

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Dallas Work Accident Lawyer – A Vinyl Floor Manufacturer Faces $514,236 in OSHA Penalties Following 2 Workplace Injury Incidents

Thursday, January 4th, 2018

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English: Buildings on the eastern side of the 100 block of N. Main Street (State Route 18) on the Seneca County side of Fostoria, Ohio, . These buildings are part of the , a historic district that is listed on the . (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Work Accident Attorney Dallas, Texas – $10.5 Million in Grant Funding is Available from OSHA for Safety Training

Friday, August 25th, 2017

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English: The Frances Perkins Building of the U.S. Department of Labor headquarters in Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In July 2017, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that grants to fund training and education for workers and employers are now available in a total amount of $10.5 million. The educational focus is how to identify and prevent workplace health and safety hazards.

The types of organizations that are eligible for grant monies include:

  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Labor unions
  • Employer associations
  • Joint labor/management associations
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Indian tribes

Grant recipients will be creating hands-on, in-person training and educational programs. They will also develop materials for employers and workers in small businesses; industries with high illness, injury, and fatality rates; and underserved, vulnerable workers who have limited proficiency with the English language or are temporary workers.

Grants for Targeted Topic Training are also available. They are meant to support the development of quality educational materials and training programs that focus on identifying workplace hazards and preventing them.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers have a duty to provide employers with safe and healthful workplaces. OSHA’s role is to make sure safety conditions are met, to keep men and women safe in their work environments.

OSHA routinely inspects businesses and always inspects any business in which a fatal workplace accident has occurred. Inspections are conducted and safety conditions are evaluated. Following inspections, companies are given citations and penalties, for any alleged safety violations. It’s good for businesses to take advantage of these grant monies because OSHA penalties recently went up for the first time in 25 years, and they are high enough to hit small businesses significantly. For example, the maximum penalty for Serious Violations went from $7,000 maximum to $12,600 maximum. Willful and Repeat Violations went from $70,000 to $126.000 maximum.

–Guest Contributor

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OSHA Proposed $104K in Fines against a San Antonio, Texas, Company

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

The San Antonio (Texas) Downtown

The San Antonio (Texas) Downtown (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It has been since this summer that Bluebonnet Foods L.P. was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 21 alleged serious safety violations, but the citations are worth looking at. Employers have a responsibility to protect workers by providing them with a safe workplace. OSHA Area Director for San Antonio Alejandro Porter said workers at Bluebonnet Foods were exposed to health and safety hazards that should be corrected without delay before employees get hurt unnecessarily. Among the alleged serious violations were that workers were exposed to several chemical, struck-by, amputation, and electrical hazards. In addition, eyewash stations needed to be installed and personal protective equipment needed to be provided. The total in proposed penalties was: $104,000.

Bluebonnet Foods is doing business as Goodheart Specialty Foods Co., and the company employs about 300 people at the San Antonio location. Bluebonnet Foods produces grilled, fried, and slow-roasted meats, sauces and other products for the food service, retail, and food manufacturing industry under their DBA.

The following is specific information about two alleged serious OSHA violations:

Employees who were sanitizing production areas and diluting cleaning products with caustic and corrosive liquids were allegedly exposed to chemical splash hazards without adequate protective coverings such as gloves, aprons, or chemical resistant full body protection. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation was: $7,000.

Employees in the maintenance shop were allegedly exposed to a struck-by hazard as they were operating a Porter Cable drill press that did not have a chip guard. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious OSHA violation was: $4,000.

Learn about more alleged serious violations that Bluebonnet Foods was cited for in an installment of this series entitled, “San Antonio Company is Cited by OSHA for Struck-By Hazards and More.”

–Guest Contributor

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Accident Attorney: Construction Work Zones are More Dangerous in Texas – Part 5

Monday, April 6th, 2015

Result of a serious automobile accident

Result of a serious automobile accident (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Distracted Driving

Accident statistics show that motorists, rather than construction zone workers, are most often killed in work zones. One of the other major causes of construction work zone accidents is inattentive driving. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that the leading factor in crashes and near-crashes is driver inattention. Approximately 80% of crashes involve driver inattention in some form within three seconds before the event.

According to the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), distracted driving is a dangerous practice that motorcyclists, truck drivers, commercial drivers, and car drivers are equally engaged in. The most vulnerable to the hazards of inattentive driving are motorcyclists and highway construction workers.

The following are among the activities which most commonly distract motorists from focusing on driving:

  • Smoking and activities associated with smoking were the causes of approximately 1% of traffic fatalities associated with distracted driving, in a recent study. Smoking, lighting up, and putting ashes in the vehicle’s ashtray distract motorists from the task of driving, which often results in traffic collisions.
  • Pets in the car, referred to in police reports as “moving objects,” are another cause of distraction leading to fatal crashes.
  • Engaging in the use of devices in the automobile distracts drivers. Examples are adjusting the rearview mirror, adjusting seat position, and using a navigational system. It only takes a moment of inattention for an accident to occur.

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 of this continuing series. In the final installment, learn more about the leading activities which distract drivers and lead to accidents.

–Guest Contributor

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Top 10 Construction Hazards in Texas – Part 7

Monday, December 29th, 2014

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Français : Réparation du pavage d’une rue parisienne. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There are numerous dangers at a construction site, and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the leading hazards. Employers have a responsibility to properly address each one so that workers are guaranteed a safe work environment. Learn about ten of the leading causes of construction injuries and fatalities in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, below, and in this ongoing series.

Unsafe electrical connections and equipment – Electrical accidents are practically a common occurrence on construction sites, and they are a tremendous risk to workers. The problem goes back to unsafe electrical connections and equipment, and safety procedures need to be in place and practiced regularly to avoid work injuries. The risk of electrical injury exists wherever electricity is used.

One type of electrical injury is electric shock, and the following are factors which determine the severity of the shock:

  • The voltage of the current flowing through the body.
  • The path that the current takes through the body.
  • How long the body is exposed to electricity.
  • Whether or not there is moisture in the environment.
  • Which phase the heart cycle is in when the shock occurs.
  • The general condition of health of the person prior to being shocked.

Shocks can result in a minor tingle, severe burns, immediate cardiac arrest, and death. Learn more about electrical connections and the danger posed on construction sites in the next installment of this series.

–Guest Contributor

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