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Repeat violations add up: $261K in OSHA fines

One OSHA inspection with violations can be expensive enough. But follow-up visits from the agency can be even more costly when violations are labeled “repeat,” as this manufacturer found. 

OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection of A & D Wood Products Inc. in Elida, OH, a container and pallet manufacturer, on Oct. 5, 2016.

The agency found repeat violations and eight more willful citations on top of that, for a total of $261,725 in fines.

The repeat violations include failure to:

  • develop and use procedures for control of hazardous energy
  • train employees on hazardous energy control
  • keep walking-working surfaces clean from saw dust and wood debris that causes a fire hazard
  • use safe wiring methods
  • train employees about hearing conservation
  • train employees about use of powered industrial trucks
  • certify forklift operators
  • cover electrical junction boxes
  • cover light switches
  • develop a written hazard communications policy
  • have safety data sheets on site for chemicals employees use, and
  • train employees about chemical hazards.

The willful violations include failure to:

  • properly guard a saw to prevent lacerations and amputations
  • properly guard pulleys to prevent rotating parts hazards
  • properly guard a drive chain to prevent rotating parts hazards
  • provide lavatories with hot and cold, or tepid water for washing hands and flushing toilets, and
  • inspect fire extinguishers on a regular basis (the last time one fire extinguisher at the facility was inspected was in 2009).

A & D Wood Products has 15 business days to accept and pay the fines, enter into talks with OSHA to reach a settlement, or contest the penalties to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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