Continued Hazards Bring Fines for PA Firm

Monday, December 8, 2014 @ 07:12 PM gHale

Fall hazards, inadequate machine guarding and failure to implement lockout/tagout procedures were among the 38 workplace safety hazards cited at Doyle & Roth Manufacturing Co. Inc., said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The New York-based company faces $68,600 in proposed penalties following the May 28 inspection.

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The investigation ended up initiated as part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program that directs enforcement resources to workplaces with the highest injury and illness rates. The heat-transfer equipment and pressure vessel manufacturer is at 1 Morse Ave in Simpson, PA.

“Since 2010, Doyle & Roth has failed to address many workplace hazards found in our inspections. These violations put employees at risk of serious injuries and possibly death,” said Mark Stelmack, director of OSHA’s Wilkes-Barre Area Office. “When employers fail to ensure a safe and healthful workplace, OSHA can and will hold them legally responsible.”

OSHA cited Doyle & Roth previously following inspections in 2010 and 2013 when investigators found unsafe exit routes, struck-by hazards due to damaged slings and missing protective screens and shields for welders.

The same violations existed during the current investigation, which resulted in three repeat citations, with a $15,400 penalty. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

OSHA also proposed a $53,200 penalty for 33 serious safety violations. Workers ended up expected to use fixed ladders to reach elevated areas and catwalks with inadequate railings, which exposed them to fall hazards of up to 28 feet.

Employees also suffered exposure to electrical and crushing injuries because of a failure to provide a lockout/tagout program and training for technicians servicing and maintaining dangerous equipment. That equipment lacked proper guarding, which exposed workers to flying debris and wheel fragments; rotating machine parts; entanglement; and amputation hazards.

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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