Once OSHA finds significant safety violations at one facility, it’s likely to go after other locations owned by the same company.
That’s what happened to Sims Bark Co. and Sims Stone Co. in Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi.
OSHA received a complaint about safety at one of Sims’ locations and determined that similar hazards might exist at its other locations.
Result: $576,750 in OSHA fines after inspectors visited six Sims facilities.
Willful citations were issued for:
- allowing workers to service, unjam and clean machinery without procedures to ensure they wouldn’t be caught in or struck by equipment or burned by machines’ heat strips, and
- exposing workers to dangers associated with being caught in fast moving machinery.
OSHA issued serious citations for:
- lack of employee training
- exposure to electric shocks
- lack of fall protection
- lack of machine guards
- exposure to noise hazards
- struck-by dangers, and
- accumulation of combustible dust.
Sims also faces other-than-serious citations for failing to keep injury/illness logs according to OSHA rules.
The company has 15 business days to comply with or contest the citations.