OSHA proposes $50K in fines for Hawaiian block producer

Source: U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration

Following a May inspection conducted under the National Emphasis Program for amputations, OSHA Honolulu Area Office has cited building and hardscape concrete masonry producer Tileco Inc. for 22 serious violations at its Kalpolei plant.

They include failing to evaluate workplace hazards adequately; protect workers from amputation hazards associated with unguarded machinery and gears; protect workers from the unexpected startup of equipment during maintenance and setup; protect workers from confined space hazards; provide training on the use of powered industrial trucks; have in place a written respiratory program; ensure the proper fit and use of respirators; and, have medical evaluations for workers using respiratory protection. Inspectors also noted fall hazards associated with unprotected platforms, and issued one other-than-serious violation for modification of a powered industrial truck without manufacturer approval. Tileco officials have 15 business days to contest OSHA-proposed fines totaling $50,400 for the 23 alleged violations.