Concrete Maker Faces Safety Fines

Friday, January 16, 2015 @ 03:01 PM gHale


An inspection after a worker complaint left Concrete Systems Inc. (CSI) facing a fine of $234,000 for two willful 18 serious and six other violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Concrete Systems employees endured a danger of falling, crushing or deafening due to a lack of required safeguards at the company’s Hudson, NH facility.

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An agency that supplies CSI with temporary workers, Marathon Staffing Services Inc., of Tyngsboro, MA, faces an additional $7,000 in fines.

OSHA found instances where employees atop concrete formwork and precast concrete structures lacked fall protection. OSHA also determined employees exposed to excess noise levels while operating casting machinery did not receive baseline audiograms to guard against sustained hearing loss. OSHA cited CSI for two willful violations that carry $126,000 in proposed fines. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

“Concrete Systems chose not to provide required safeguards and exposed workers to potentially fatal or disabling falls and possibly hearing damage,” said Rosemarie Ohar, OSHA’s New Hampshire area director. “The company must act swiftly and effectively to eliminate these hazards and prevent their recurrence to protect the health and safety of its employees.”

In addition to these hazards, OSHA found CSI employees risked crushing or injuries from a custom-made lifting device and by damaged slings that moved a 24,000-pound load. Inspectors also cited the company for having an uninspected crane and for failing to employ a qualified crane operator. They also found improperly operated and unattended forklifts, unsafe arrangement of loads on forklifts, unguarded saw blades and hazardous electrical equipment. These conditions resulted in citations for 24 violations, carrying $104,400 in fines.

Marathon Staffing Services received one serious violation for not providing audiograms to employees exposed to excessive noise levels at CSI. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.



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