Region 6 News Release: USDL-OSHA-00-76-6-29
Thurs., June 29, 2000
Contact: Diana Petterson
PHONE: (214) 767-4776, ext. 222
OSHA PROPOSES $85,400 PENALTY AGAINST INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SIGN CORP., LITTLE ROCK, ARK.
The federal OSHA has cited Interstate Highway Sign Corp., Little Rock, Arkansas, with proposed penalties of $85,400 for alleged safety and health violations resulting from a programed planned inspection under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Plan, announced the U. S. Department of Labor.
Interstate Highway Sign Corp. employs about 180 workers at its 7415 Lindsey Road facility in Little Rock, where highway signs are manufactured. The company's corporate headquarters are at the same location.
According to Paul J. Hansen, Jr., Little Rock OSHA Area Director, alleged violations were discovered during a programed planned inspection conducted between January 26, 2000 and June 22, 2000.
The company was cited with 37 serious, one repeat, and 17 other-than-serious violations. The 37 serious violations consist of the following:
- Failure to ensure usage of appropriate eye or face protection.
- Failure to ensure usage of appropriate hand protection.
- Failure to provide suitable facilities for quick drenching or flushing of the eyes and body.
- Failure to establish and implement a Blood borne pathogen Program which included an Exposure Control Plan and proper training.
- Failure to ensure the availability of Hepatitis B vaccinations for employees potentially exposed to Bloodborne pathogens.
- Failure to establish and implement an adequate written hazard communication program which included employee training on the physical and health hazards of chemicals in the work area.
- Failure to ensure powered industrial trucks were equipped with seat belts.
- Failure to properly guard floor holes.
- Failure to properly guard open sided floors on platforms.
- Failure to remove improperly repaired ladders from service.
- Failure to properly guard all landing platforms.
- Failure to maintain paint spraying areas free from accumulation of deposits of combustible residue.
- Failure to ensure proper grounding of handles of electrostatic spray guns.
- Failure to ensure proper handling of unstable or unsafe loads by powered industrial trucks.
- Failure to ensure loads handled by powered industrial trucks did not exceed the rated capacity of the truck.
- Failure to ensure that unsafe powered industrial truck were removed from service.
- Failure to ensure that loads carried by cranes were not carried over people.
- Failure to provide adequate machine guarding to protect employees from hazards created by input/catch points.
- Failure to ensure provisions were made to prevent woodworking machines from automatically restarting upon restoration of power after power failure.
- Failure to ensure that hand-fed circular saws were provided with spreader and non-kickback fingers or dogs.
- Failure to ensure proper guarding of pedal mechanism and pedal return springs on mechanical power presses.
- Failure to ensure that hand-lever-operated presses were equipped with spring latches
- Failure to ensure part-revolution mechanical power presses were provided with a red color stop control.
- Failure to provide proper means of selection of operation on a mechanical power press.
- Failure to provide adequate point of operation guards on mechanical power presses.
- Failure to provide adequate guarding of belts and pulleys.
- Failure to properly guard live electrical parts.
- Failure to provide grounding of exposed non-current carrying metal parts of electrical equipment.
- Failure to ensure unused openings in electrical boxes or cabinets were effectively closed.
- Failure to provide covers for electrical pull boxes or junction boxes.
- Failure to ensure flexible cables and cords were not used for prohibited purposes.
- Failure to ensure employees were adequately trained in electrical safety related work practices.
- Failure to provide and/or ensure use of proper personal protective equipment by employees working in areas of potential electrical hazards.
A serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result.
The one repeat violation consisted of failing to ensure that each container of hazardous chemicals was identified as to substance and hazard. A repeated violation is one in which the same or a substantially similar violation was noted during a subsequent inspection.
The 17 other-than-serious violations consisted of the following:
- Failure to properly maintain the OSHA 200 Form, Log of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses.
- Failure to develop and implement an adequate noise monitoring and audiometric testing program.
- Failure to provide proper physical examination for employees exposed to chromic acid.
- Failure to establish and implement a proper written respirator protection program.
- Failure to establish and maintain proper employee training records for Bloodborne Pathogens.
- Failure to maintain place of employment in a clean and orderly condition
- Failure to adequately inform employees concerning permit required confined spaces.
- Failure to develop and implement proper energy control procedures
- Failure to ensure that nameplates or markings were in place on powered industrial trucks.
- Failure to provide mechanical power press control systems with main-power disconnect switches.
- Failure to ensure tonnage and stroke requirements were stamped on dies or recorded.
- Failure to ensure that listed or labeled electrical equipment was properly used or installed.
- Failure to properly identify each disconnecting means for electrical service feeder and branch circuits.
- Failure to ensure adequate clear access was provided in/around live electrical parts.
- Failure to adequately protect electrical conductors entering boxes, cabinets or fittings.
- Failure to ensure that flexible cords were properly connected to devices and fittings.
- Failure to maintain and make available to employees a copy of 1910.333(b)(2), electrical safe work practices.
An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
The scheduled inspection of this company was conducted under OSHA's Site Specific Targeting Program. This program uses injury and illness data collected from specific employers. Those with high rates are scheduled for a comprehensive safety and health inspection.
Hansen stated that, "this inspection and the resulting citations are indicative of the appropriateness of this program of targeting establishments with high injury and/or illness rates, thus removing employees from those hazards in the workplace.
Employers or workers who have questions concerning safety and health may contact the Little Rock Are Office at (501) 324-6291. They may also take advantage of the free consultation offered by the Arkansas Department of Labor Consultation Service at (501) 682-4520.
Interstate Highway Sign Corp. has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with the area director or contest the citations before the independent Occupational safety and Health Review Commission.
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