Pipe Fab Fined for Repeated Safety Woes

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 @ 10:06 AM gHale

U.S. Pipe Fabrication LLC is facing $75,960 in fines for seven health and safety violations at is Gainesville, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

A fabricator in the waterworks industry, U.S. Pipe produces a range of metal pipes and fittings. The company employs 23 workers at the Gainesville facility.

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OSHA issued citations to U.S. Pipe on June 6 for three repeated, three serious and one other-than-serious safety and health violations.

OSHA opened the investigation as a follow-up to a previous inspection opened in April 2015. The agency initially inspected Custom Fab Inc. under its National Emphasis Program on Amputations. U.S. Pipe later purchased the company.

The repeated citations include:
• Not providing written energy-control procedures to ensure zero energy state during maintenance and servicing
• Exposing workers to unguarded machine parts and equipment
• Not tailoring the written respiratory program to the respirators used at the facility

The serious citations include:
• Not ensuring workers followed energy-control procedures to prevent unexpected machine start-ups during maintenance and servicing
• Exposing workers to unguarded saw blades
• Not instructing workers on the hazards of fighting fires

The other-than-serious citation relates to the employer:
• Not recording a workplace injury on the required OSHA 300 log within seven days

“When workplace hazards are found, they must be corrected and not be allowed to reoccur,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-East Office. The management of U.S. Pipe cannot wait for OSHA inspectors to identify hazards; they must be proactive in identifying and removing hazards.”

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