BUNNELL, FL – A Florida contractor was cited for fall hazard violations, totaling over $61k. Fall safety is often the number one cited Safety Violation of the year. OSHA released this announcement on April 7th, 2021.
OSHA stated this citation was part of its Regional Emphasis Program for Fall in Construction. The contractor cited for fall hazard violations, P & S Service Group Inc. has repeat violations for failing to ensure employees use fall protection while working from heights greater than 6 feet. The company was cited for a similar violation in October, 2017. The 2021 violation totals $61,575. P & S, a framing and and sheathing contractor, has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference, or contest the findings before OSHA.
According OSHA’s press release, and BizJournals.com OSHA Area Director Michelle Gonzalez in Jacksonville, Florida stated “This employer has repeatedly disregarded the safety of their employees despite previous OSHA violations. Employers must ensure that workers are protected from these well-known hazards.”
Waterville, Maine – OSHA has cited a Maine auto body plant for safety violations. These violations total nearly $400k. They are the direct result of an inspection opened Oct. 1st 2020 in response to a complaint.
Shyft Group Duramag LLC, formerly known as F3 MFG Inc., faces $393,992 in proposed fines. These fines are due to not addressing hazards that placed employees at risk, OSHA cited two willful and 10 serious violations.
OSHA Area Director David McGuan in Augusta, Maine, stated “Management’s knowledge of these hazards and their failure to correct them led us to cite these conditions as willful violations.”
As stated in OSHA’s Press Release: OSHA also cited the Maine auto body plant for violations regarding failure to:
Guard employees against struck-by and crushing hazards from homemade attachments used on auto lifts and provide adequate training to employees.
Guard machinery to prevent employees from coming in contact with machines’ operating parts.
Conduct a hazard assessment to determine what personal protective equipment is required for employees and to select appropriate protective equipment for employees.
Provide appropriate protective goggles for workers and other persons near a welding area that lacked noncombustible or flameproof screens or shields.
Establish and implement a respiratory protection program, medically evaluate employees’ ability to wear respirators, fit-test employees before using respirators, train employees on respirators and adequately maintain and store respirators.
Securely anchor machines to prevent them from moving.
Refrain from using flexible cords and/or cables as a substitute for fixed electrical wiring and adequately guard electrical openings.
The Occupational Health and Safety Association (OSHA) recently announced its top 10 safety violations for the 2020 fiscal year. Every year, OSHA announces it’s top 10 most frequently cited safety violations. This helps alert employers so they may prevent these hazards before they take place.
No. 10:Machine Guarding
Last year Machine Guarding ranked number 9. In 2020 it received 1,313 citations. It’s reassuring to see fewer citations in this standard. But, worker amputations continue to be a concern.
No. 9: PPE and lifesaving equipment related to eye and face protections
The previous year, eye and face protection was in spot number 10, so this citation has increased. This relates to PPE that prevents eye and face injuries including chemical, environmental and other hazards. This can include Arc Flash related injuries. So, proper Arc Flash labeling programs are critical in ensuring PPE is worn in these situations.
No. 8: Fall Protection Training requirements
Citations were given out for failure to provide proper training materials and programs.
No. 7: Improper Use of Industrial Trucks
The Improper Use of Industrial Trucks held the same ranking as it did last year at 1,932 citations.
No. 6: Lockout Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy)
Lockout Tagout went down from number #5 in the year prior. In 2020, it held 2,065 violations. Improper training and procedures are often to blame. Martin Technical offers LOTO training to prevent accidents and citations of this very kind.
No. 5: Improper use of Ladders
2,129 citations were given for the Improper use of Ladders in 2020.
No. 4: Scaffolding
Scaffolding moved from #3 to #4 in 2020 with 2,538 citations.
No. 3. Respiration Protection
This standard had 2,649 citations in 2020, moving from #5 to #3. This is both due to lack of fit testing and program management.
No. 2. Improper Implementation of Hazard Communication
Hazard Communication relates to the evaluation and clear identification of hazardous chemicals in the work place. Related citations in 2020 numbered at 3,199.
No. 1: Fall Protection
Fall Protection has been the number one citation for 8 years, with 5,424 citations in 2020. In partnership with PIXO VR, we offer fall protection training through Virtual Reality training allowing a “hands on” experience of a a previously inaccessible training experience.
These top 10 alone make up a total of 24,239 citations. What will you do to prevent citations, injury, and deaths in your facility in 2021?
We are halfway into President Biden’s 100-day Mask Challenge. As a manager, you ensured your employees met mask regulations long before the challenge was issued. They learned to express certain emotions to each other using only their eyes months ago, this isn’t new to them, or to you.
When cloth masks were first encouraged for public & industrial use by the CDC, better alternatives were in short supply. Even medical staff reported the reuse of disposable PPE just to ensure they had minimal protection. In an impressively short period of time, that has changed.
It’s time for the industrial sector to improve its mask choices. In conjunction with vaccinations, the continued use of PPE is going to be critical. To reinforce these efforts, the industrial sector can make a significant contribution to reducing the spread (and keeping their workers healthy) with one simple effort: Improve employee mask choices.
At Martin Technical, we know safety. We began sourcing FDA approved masks and making them available for medical facilities and businesses early in the pandemic. We want to keep you informed of the best options. Not sure where to start? Learn more about the hierarchy of masks below.
The Hierarchy of Masks: A Full House of Safety
While any mask is better than no mask, peak mask use it isn’t as simple as throwing a bandana over your nose and mouth. Both filtration and fit are important. An additional key factor is to use disposable masks, disposing of the product based on CDC/WHO guidelines. Companies can improve employee compliance by providing your facility with 5-packs of masks, i.e. one work-week.
For Medical Providers
The N95: Our High Ace
At this time, the CDC recommends N95’s be reserved for Medical Staff. The N95 is NIOSH approved, with a 95%+ filtration and an excellent fit when donned properly. These should be used by trained staff, regularly exposed to high-risk situations and populations. The public and non-medical facilities are discouraged from purchasing these masks, not only to reserve them for medical use, but to avoid accidental purchase of counterfeit products.
For Non-Medical Users
The KN95: The King/Queen of Masks
For non-medical users, KN95 will be your top choice. Your employees won’t be missing out on filtration efficiency or fit with this mask. KN95s are similar to the N95 in appearance, have the same efficiency of 95%+, and can fit equally well when donned properly. The FDA approves them for use in place of N95’s for medical staff when necessary.
Unlike the N95 as this time, KN95 are encouraged for public use. However, when purchasing KN95’s, managers should be cautious. Always buy through a trusted seller or reseller. Avoid online sellers that don’t have safety as their core focus in their business, as these can often be home to counterfeit products. Martin Technical has these masks available in bulk, coming in packs of 5. You can contact us here to receive a quote. Always purchase from a company you trust when sourcing your masks.
3-Ply Surgical Earloop: Your Knight in Shining Armor
Underneath the KN95, 3-Ply Surgical Earloop masks are an excellent second choice for industrial and daily mask use. They sport a similar filtration efficiency to KN95 and N95, however they tend to fit less well than KN95. However, when KN95 aren’t available, Earloops are your best option. Like the KN95, there has been an increase in counterfeit products due to demand of these masks. Purchase through a trusted source when buying these masks.
Cloth: Your Jack of All Trades
Cloth masks were our first defense against this pandemic. Early on, when the above options weren’t available, we used these to prevent spread. However, cotton face masks are only estimated to have 50% filtration efficiency. Cloth masks are and always will be better than no mask. However, whenever possible, we should use the above options over these to reduce the spread of the virus.
Improve Your Mask Use
Commit to improving your facility’s mask use today. Rather than have workers provide their own cloth masks, contact a trusted company to source KN95 or Surgical Earloop masks today. You can easily receive a quote for KN95 or Surgical Earloop masks by contacting Martin Technical at 866-234-6890 or emailing Sales@MarTechnical.com