Region 3 News Release: III-01-06-29-062-PGH
Fri., June 29, 2001
Contact: Kate Dugan
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OSHA CITES CONTRACTOR WORKING AT THREE RIVERS STADIUM FOR SAFETY AND HEALTH VIOLATIONS
PITTSBURGH - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today cited Bianchi Trison Corporation, headquartered in Syracuse, N.Y. for alleged safety and health violations while demolishing Three River Stadium in Pittsburgh last February. The agency is proposing $454,550 in penalties.
According to Robert Szymanski, area director of the Pittsburgh OSHA office, six willful health violations, with a proposed penalty of $324,000 were issued for overexposing employees to lead.
"Employees were totally unprotected and at risk from the dangerous effect of lead," said Szymanski. "The company had no plan to protect employees before the implosion and a deficient plan after the implosion."
Two willful safety violations and seven serious violations, with a total proposed penalty of $130,550 were also issued for unprotected wall openings exposing employees to falls ranging from 20 to 60 feet, debris drop areas that were not barricaded, open-sided floors, improper erection and utilization of scaffolding and other electrical and fall hazards.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirement of the OSH act. Serious violations are those which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew or should have known of the hazards.
The company has 15 working day to contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Commission.
Editors Note: A complete listing of violations and proposed penalties is attached..
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Summary of proposed violations and penalties:
HEALTH - ALL WILLFUL
- employees exposed to lead above the permissible level
- lack of engineering or work practice controls
- no compliance plan (implosion)
- inadequate compliance plan (post implosion)
- employer ignored employee complaints of lead exposure symptoms
- improper exposure assessment
- improper use of objective data to exposure assessment of torch cutting operation
- no representative monitoring
- no employee notification within 5 days
- no respirators provided
- respirators not provided when employee requested
- no complete respiratory plan
- no medical exams for respirator uses
- no fit test or respirator training
- no protective clothing, hand wash or shower facilities
- no blood test pre-assessment
- no employee notification of blood test results
- no lead training, no signs posted Proposed Penalty: $324,000
SAFETY - TWO WILLFUL
- unguarded wall openings
- debris drop areas that were not enclosed with barricades and warning signs
- unguarded floor openings
Proposed Penalty: $112,000
SAFETY - SEVEN SERIOUS
- employees not advised of energized power circuits while conducting demolition
- scaffold violations, open sided floors, stairwells not illuminated, fall hazards
- workers permitted in areas where demolition was being conducted
Proposed Penalty: $18,550
TOTAL Proposed Penalty: $454,550