Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Who or What is a Safety Hazard

We need jobs, this new finance bill that my senator Brown will put his yes vote to will only create more bureaucracy, red tape, and agencies who will continue to put the screws to industry and job creation in the United States.  Everyone wants safety but the rules are getting more stringent and in some cases downright unnecessary and unenforceable.  We have the ear plugs, harnesses, arc flash suits with hood, gloves, and boots, hard hats, and safety class certificates in hand, now all that is needed is for the employee to remember to have them and use them so the company does not get fined or possible be taken to court and put out of business....

OSHA Cites Window Manufacturer for Safety Violations

Alleged exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels led the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to cite Krestmark Industries with one willful and 10 serious violations at a Dallas worksite. OSHA inspected the window and door maker’s Bastille Road facility in January after receiving a complaint. The agency issued a willful violation for the company’s alleged failure to institute an effective hearing conservation program in the wake of the high noise levels. A willful violation, by OSHA’s definition, is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law or with plain indifference to employee safety.
The company also received 10 serious violations for alleged actions including failure to protect workers from being hit by flying objects, the unexpected release of energy while servicing and maintaining equipment, and failure to train workers on safely operating a forklift.
Penalties total $129,500.
Krestmark has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA or contest the citations.

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