OSHA’s Top Ten Highest Fined Companies Countdown 4, 5, and 6
The actual company names have been omitted.
4. Company D – $949,800
Sumner, TX at a Manufacturer
- 7 willful citations – failure to provide fall protection, adequate machine guarding, failure to provide proper eye protection, & failure to establish & maintain an audiometric testing program.
- 26 serious citations- failure to provide fall protection & electrical hazard training, & failure to prevent exposure to welding fumes with respirator equipment such as the North Safety 770030L Silicone Half Mask Respirator.
- 9 repeat violations- failure to have all necessary lockout/tagout procedures in place and failure to ensure medical evaluations completed to determine employees’ ability to use respirators.
These hazards (welding fumes, 1910 Subpart Z) may cause cancer, lung impairment, other diseases, or death. Compliance with the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard could avert hundreds of deaths and thousands of illnesses annually.
5. Company E – $917,000
Middleton, MA at a Chemical plant
- 9 willful citations- incomplete process safety information for the salvation process and not addressing previous incidents in the employer’s analysis of hazards related to the process.
- 41 citations- incomplete and deficient emergency response plan, inadequate employee training on firefighting, obstructed exits, & electrical hazards. For example having the Guardian 53035 Gotcha 325 Foot Fire and Rescue Kit may have saved this company thousands.
“Exposure to hazardous chemicals is one of the most serious threats facing American workers today”
6. Company F – $787,000
Eau Claire, WI at a Hazardous waste management
- 14 willful citations- disregarding elements of the Process Safety Management Standard, including failure to implement process hazard analyses, operating procedures & trainings, failure to perform pre-startup safety reviews, inspections and tests, & failure to conduct incident investigations.
- 1 citation-deficiencies in its emergency action plan.
OSHA has estimated that more than 32 million workers are exposed to 650,000 hazardous chemical products in more than 3 million American workplaces. This poses a serious problem for exposed employers and their employees.