Follow up shows lockout/tagout problems still not resolved

by on May 13, 2014 · 0 Comment POSTED IN: Workplace Safety Network

Andover Healthcare Inc. (Andover, MA) faces $93,200 in OSHA fines for nine citations, including two repeat citations for lockout/tagout violations.

The manufacturer of coated fabrics and adhesives for healthcare products had been fined in 2010 for failing to properly control hazardous energy. A site-specific targeted inspection allegedly found the company hadn’t trained workers in lockout/tagout.

Other alleged violations included:

  • Exposing workers to struck-by and crushing hazards from damaged or insecurely anchored steel storage racks and an unmarked crane
  • Not properly guarding machinery,
  • Using defective power cords
  • Allowing obstructions to impede exit access, and
  • Failing to record lost-workday injuries properly.

Take home: OSHA targets sites where problems have been found in the past. If safety issues still aren’t fixed, OSHA may increase the size of the fines until the agency sees safety progress.

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