Sikeston, MO-based Construction Trailer Specialists is facing $82,390 in fines for 21 health and safety violations, including four repeat, for failing to protect workers from amputation, electrical and other hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“These types of hazards can cause disabilities and even death,” said Larry Davidson, OSHA’s acting area director in St. Louis. “Construction Trailer Specialists has a responsibility to protect workers from known hazards in its facility. Companies that are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”
OSHA issued four repeat violations involving a lack of specific lockout/tagout procedures, lack of machine guarding and failing to implement a hearing conservation program. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced similar violations at the same facility in 2010.
Eight serious safety violations were for failing to develop procedures that would protect workers from dangerous machines, including failing to train workers in the need and use of lockout/tagout devices and to provide appropriate equipment to implement procedures. The company received citations for inadequate machine guarding, failing to secure equipment to the floor properly and using damaged slings.
Five serious health violations involved storing combustible waste in uncovered receptacles and lack of head protection when lifting overhead and damaged wiring insulation. The company also faces citations for failing to clean the spray booth properly, use welding screens and provide various respiratory protections, including medical evaluations, fit testing, unsanitary respirators and lack of face-to-face piece seal or valve function. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Additionally, violations involved failing to conduct monthly inspections of wire ropes and crane hoists and a lack of voltage markings on various pieces of equipment.