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Violation Detail

Standard Cited: 5A0001 OSH Act General Duty Paragraph

Violation Items

Nr: 315017038 Citation: 01001 Issuance: 01/26/2011 ReportingID: 0830600

Viol Type:Serious NrInstances:1 Contest Date:02/17/2011
Abatement Date:02/28/2011 X Nr Exposed:8 Final Order:07/08/2011
Initial Penalty: $5,000.00 REC:A Emphasis:
Current Penalty: $3,000.00 Gravity:05 Haz Category:CRUSHING

Penalty and Failure to Abate Event History
Type Event Date Penalty Abatement Type FTA Insp
Penalty Z: Issued 01/26/2011 $5,000.00 02/28/2011 Serious  
Penalty F: Formal Settlement 07/08/2011 $3,000.00 02/28/2011 Serious  

Text For Citation: 01 Item/Group: 001 Hazard: CRUSHING

Section 5(a)(1) of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970: The employer did not furnish employment and a place of employment which was free from recognized hazards which were likely to cause death or serious physical harm to employees in that, employees were exposed to crushing and struck-by hazards: a) On or about October 27, 2010, and at times prior, Vestas Towers Americas, Inc. did not ensure that its employees were protected from crushing and struck-by hazards while Transportation Technology Services employees (subcontractors) used slings and other rigging hardware, such as shackles, to attach wind turbine tower sections to Kalmar Reach Stackers without first receiving training in the safe use of the slings and rigging hardware. Both ASME B30.26 (Rigging Hardware) and ASME B30.9 (Slings) require training in areas such as selection, inspection, cautions to personnel and the effects of the environment for employees using this type of equipment. Abatement: Among other methods, one feasible and acceptable abatement method to correct the hazard is to provide the training required by ASME B30.26 and ASME B30.9 to all employees involved in rigging to ensure that rigging equipment is used in an appropriate and safe manner. Abatement Note: Abatement documentation and certification is required for this item (see enclosed "Sample Abatement-Certification Letter").-Certification

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