WINDSOR, CONNECTICUT — Federal safety officials said they found 17 serious safety violations at TLD Ace. Corp., a maker of ground-support equipment for aircraft, and have fined the company $85,000 following an inspection in February.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a statement released Wednesday that they went to the Bloomfield Avenue plant on a snow-removal complaint but expanded the probe after reviewing TLD Ace’s higher-than-average rate of worker injuries and illnesses.
The inspection found that workers were routinely exposed to “potential falls, burns and electric shock due to missing or inadequate safeguards at the company’s manufacturing plant.”Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director in Hartford, said the amount of lost work days indicated serious problems at the plant.
“What we found were conditions that could seriously injure workers or negatively impact their health,” Simpson said in the statement. “It’s crucial for this company to correct these conditions now and take action to prevent them from happening again.”
OSHA inspectors went to the plant on a complaint that employees were exposed to falls while removing snow from the roof.
Once inside, inspectors found that electrical equipment was not being used properly, and that workers doing electrical testing lacked . Inspectors saw improperly stored flammable materials and noted that there were no sprinklers in a section of the plant where flammable adhesive was applied.
Company officials also failed to retrain an employee who had suffered hearing loss, and had failed to require workers exposed to dangerous noise levels to wear effective ear protection, the OSHA statement said.
TLD Ace has 15 days to comply with the orders, begin negotiations with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before an independent OSHA review panel.
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Tasmania, Australia – Authorities are investigating the latest in a series of structure fires across the North in the past week, with a Commonwealth Bank fire causing an estimated $300,000 damage.
The fire, in the Elphin Road branch at Newstead, was reported about 11.55pm on Tuesday.
Firefighters contained the blaze to the main office area in the rear section of the building.
They removed roofing iron to prevent the fire from spreading.
The building sustained extensive smoke and heat damage.
North and North-West regional fire investigator Adrian Adams, of the Tasmania Fire Service, said authorities were considering the possibility that an electrical fault had started the fire.
He said there was an electrical appliance within the vicinity of the fire.
Mr Adams said he was waiting to receive CCTV footage, while TechSafe electrical inspectors were still investigating.
Detective Acting Inspector Jonathan Higgins said police were not investigating the bank fire, but were treating the second fire in five days at a South Launceston house as suspicious.
Commonwealth Bank acting regional Tasmanian general manager Lisa Maher apologised to customers for any inconvenience caused by the Newstead fire.
She advised people to use Commonwealth Bank branches in the Launceston central business district, Kings Meadows and Mowbray in the meantime.
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MACON, GA: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Macon company $40,600.
California Cereal Products Inc., 375 Mead Road, was cited for nine “serious” safety and health violations for exposing workers to electrical, fall and noise hazards, an OSHA news release states.
The agency inspected the business in December 2013 after a complaint was filed.
The violations include the employer’s failure to provide workers with training to protect themselves from moving machine parts during servicing and maintenance activities and for exposing workers to fall hazards, the news release states.
The company also failed to institute a monitoring and training program for noise exposure to prevent permanent hearing loss from unsafe noise levels, according to the news release.
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ELMIRA HEIGHTS, N.Y.— An Elmira Heights tire retreading firm is facing more than $160,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged failure to correct workplace hazards discovered by OSHA inspectors, the agency said.
Inspectors from OSHA’s Syracuse office found 16 serious violations of workplace safety standards at the American Made Tires facility in July 2013, according to an OSHA press release. The agency defines serious violations as those that could probably cause death or serious injury to workers, and that employers either knew about or should have known about.
The violations OSHA found at American Made Tires included spray booths in the tire buffer area that was made of wood instead of a non-flammable material, as well as a total lack of lockout/tagout procedures for safe maintenance of machinery, the agency said.
OSHA ordered American Made Tires to correct the violations and fined the company $20,100. When the company failed to submit proof that the corrections had been made, OSHA conducted a follow-up inspection in November 2013, according to the agency.
The inspectors found most of the hazards were uncorrected, and on May 21, 2014, issued the company 12 failure-to-abate citations carrying $144,000 in fines.
Also on May 21, the agency issued $14,080 for three repeat violations and $2,200 for one new serious violation.
The repeat violations included use of hazardous electrical equipment, accumulation of flammable dust and the use of a spark-producing grinder in a flammable area, OSHA said. The new serious violation was the use of a portable electric lamp in a spraying area during operations.
Altogether, the new fines issued May 21 total $160,280. American Made Tires had 15 business days from May 21 to correct the violations and pay the fines, request an informal meeting with OSHA’s Syracuse area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Officials of American Made Tires could not be reached for comment. The American Made Tires facility in Elmira Heights was known previously as Green Diamond Tire of New York, a manufacturer of innovative remolded tires designed for winter traction.
Green Diamond closed the Elmira Heights plant in 2010, then opened a new plant in Sheridan, Colo., in 2012.
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CALGARY, CANADA: Power has been restored to almost all of the 3,981 customers initially impacted by an early morning power outage.
It began around 5:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
Officials say the outage was caused by a power pole that caught fire along Coach Hill Road S.W.
The fire department says they’ve responded to several calls of power poles catching fire recently, mainly in the Coach Hill area.
They say power pole fires are not uncommon in the early spring.
They happen when a buildup of dirt occurs in the insulators which are used to attach electrical wires to the power poles. A light rain, snow or even dense fog can produce the right conditions for the insulators to start to overheat which will cause the fire.
Impacted communities included West Springs, Patterson Heights, Cougar Ridge, Coach Hill and Bowness.
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Marmaduke, Ark: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited American Railcar Industries Inc., headquartered in Saint Charles, Mo., for 10 serious safety violations after an employee was electrocuted while performing repair work on a tanker-style railcar July 25 at the company’s work site near Marmaduke.
“Exposing workers to electrocution hazards without proper safeguards and training is inexcusable,” said Carlos Reynolds, the agency’s area director in Little Rock. “It is the employer’s responsibility to create a safe and healthful workplace where preventable hazards don’t cost workers their lives.”
Upon receiving a fatality report from the employer, OSHA‘s Little Rock Area Office initiated an investigation July 26 at the company’s facility on Highway 34 East and found that workers were being exposed to electrical shocks from welding equipment. The violations include failing to provide personal protection for employees conducting cutting and welding operations; properly mark the power supply and control boxes for voltage, current and wattage; use fixed wiring instead of flexible cords and protect the wiring from possible damage; remove defective electrical equipment from service; and inspect and mark web slings. 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.
American Railcar Industries, which employs about 260 workers at the Marmaduke facility and about 1,500 workers nationwide, designs and manufactures railcars.
Proposed penalties total $61,400. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Little Rock or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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Rochester, NY: A man was injured from an electrical explosion at Advanced Glass Industries Inc. on Emerson Street just before 11:30 a.m. Thursday.
Rural Metro Ambulance Services reported that the man, 57, was taken with flash burn to Strong Memorial Hospital after the explosion, which occurred at 1335 Emerson St. He received burns to 25 percent of his body, mainly to his face, hands and arms, according to Capt. Joseph Luna of the Rochester Fire Department.
The man was a subcontractor who had been hired by the business to do electrical maintenance work, said Rochester Fire Department Battalion Chief Dan Mancuso. He said an arc flash, or an exposed current between two conductors, caused the injury.
Advanced Glass Industries is one of the world’s largest suppliers of precision machined optical glass blanks, molded optical glass blanks and slumped optical glass blanks, according to the company’s web site. The company was founded just after World War II as Fischer Optical, according to the website.
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