Region 10 News Release: USDL: 00-13
January 21, 2000
Contact: Jeannine Lupton
PHONE: (206) 553-7620
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO NORTHWEST HANDLING SYSTEMS, INC., FOR JOB SAFETY VIOLATIONS AT A SANDPOINT, IDAHO, WORKSITE
SEATTLE - The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced today it has issued two Willful citations and a Serious citation against Northwest Handling Systems, Inc., based in Spokane, Wash., carrying a total of $122,500 in proposed penalties for alleged job safety violations at a worksite in Sandpoint, Idaho at One Coldwater Creek Drive.
Ryan Kuehmichel, OSHA area director in Boise, said the job safety violations were the result of an inspection by the OSHA Boise Area Office following an accident involving two injured workers.
Northwest Handling Systems, Inc.'s, Willful citations noted the following violations: a forklift was used to assist the SKYJACK self-propelled elevating work platform when the platform failed to elevate under its own power due to inadequately charged batteries; the employer used a forklift truck to elevate the work platform containing two employees and equipment to a height of 15 feet above floor level, exposing them to collapse of the aerial platform; the employer exceeded the load limit of the SKYJACK and used it as a crane to lift a pallet containing structural steel material, thus exposing employees to collapse of the aerial platform; employees on walking or working surfaces six feet or more above ground were not protected from falls by a guardrail system, safety net system or personal fall arrest system.
The Serious citation listed the following violations: employees on a scaffold more than ten feet above ground were not protected from falling; employees were not trained to recognize hazards associated with erecting, disassembling, moving, operating, repairing, maintaining or inspecting scaffolds; and the employer did not provide fall hazard protection training.
According to Kuehmichel, the company has 15 working days to contest the citations.
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A Willful violation is defined by OSHA as one in which an employer knew that a condition constituted a violation or was aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to correct it.
A Serious violation is defined by OSHA as one in which there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
The Boise OSHA area director may be contacted at 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho 83706, telephone 208-321-2960.