Two New Jersey companies will pay a total of $4.3 million to the family of a man who was unable to stop the pallet truck he was driving. He later died of injuries suffered in the crash.
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Can you think of a worse scenario? Part of a worker’s thumb was cut off while an OSHA inspector was onsite.
When OSHA uses its General Duty Clause (GDC) to issue a fine, one of the things it must show is that there is a feasible way to eliminate or significantly reduce the hazard. That issue comes up in this case involving forklifts and unloading materials.
Even without a combustible dust standard, OSHA can fine companies for failing to provide appropriate fire and explosion protection from combustible dust.
Near misses are a chance to learn and improve your safety measures. But this company neglected to heed the warning, and a worker’s life was lost as a result.
OSHA originally inspected this company after an employee was injured when a steam-jacketed kettle of beans exploded. Now the agency says the company hasn’t corrected several hazards since the September 2010 incident.
A worker for a Georgia nursery crushed his pelvis in a forklift accident. OSHA investigated and discovered 17 unrelated serious safety violations at the facility.
OSHA is investigating the death of a young worker due to a forklift tipover at a facility in Denton, TX. The incident provides a reminder for workers of one thing not to do if a forklift they’re operating starts to overturn.
OSHA decided to investigate this business because of a complaint alleging it wouldn’t allow workers to leave the building during an emergency. The investigation turned up exit problems and a whole lot more.
A lack of safety training and a forklift not approved for use in a hazardous environment proved to be an explosive combination.
Q: How do you hide an entire production line from OSHA?
The most cited OSHA violations of 2016 cover a wide range of workplace safety topics, from falls to chemicals, from PPE to forklifts.
Which OSHA standards are tripping up companies the most in recent inspections?
Sure, OSHA has been more “business-friendly” in the last eight years. But it hasn’t been a paper tiger. New statistics on the agency’s citations and penalties for fiscal year 2008 show just the opposite. And with a new administration in January, OSHA is set to issue even more fines.
OSHA may have a reduced staff during the government shutdown, but it will be back, eventually. And when it is, these are the top areas where its inspectors will be looking for hazards.
Which OSHA regulations do inspectors cite most often?
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