PaintSquare.com
Follow us on Twitter Follow us on LinkedIn Like us on Facebook Follow us on Instagram
Search the site

 

Get the latest FREE eResource Blasting Resource Guide Download Now

Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Bridge Paint Hazards Draw $110k Fine

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

An Illinois railroad faces $110,500 in proposed penalties after allegedly exposing workers to lead-paint hazards during bridge demolition work in Chicago.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Illinois Central Railroad Co. for one willful and six serious safety violations after an inspection May 29, in which inspectors saw unprotected workers demolishing a bridge coated with lead-based paint.

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian National Railway, headquartered in Montreal, Quebec. Illinois Central Railroad provides rail service throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota and Canada.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently warned that industrial painters and blasters remain at high risk of excessive lead exposure.

'Unacceptable'

"It was unacceptable that Illinois Central Railroad Co. failed to follow safety and health standards that protected workers from the known hazards of lead exposure," said Gary Anderson, OSHA's area director in Calumet City.

"Lead exposure can result in long-term health effects and can be minimized by taking proper precautions."

Illinois Central Railroad Co.
Canadian National Railway

OSHA proposed $110,500 in penalties for Illinois Central Railroad Co. after inspectors found unprotected workers exposed to lead paint during demolition work in Chicago.

A spokesperson for Illinois Central Railroad said Tuesday (Dec. 10) that Canadian National Railway is reviewing the alleged violations and will respond to OSHA, but declined to comment further.

Willful, Serious Violations

The willful violation—OSHA's highest level of infraction—alleges failure to conduct initial monitoring of employees for lead exposure

OSHA says employees were performing torch cutting and rivet-busting operations on a bridge coated with lead-based paint, and the company did not initially determine if lead exposure was at or above the action level or collect personal samples to determine exposure. The violation carries a $70,000 penalty.

The six serious violations, totaling $40,500 in proposed penalties, allege failure to:

  • Provide appropriate respiratory protection for working with lead-based paint ($7,000);
  • Assure appropriate personal protective work clothing and equipment ($7,000);
  • Provide clean change areas for workers with airborne lead exposure above the permissible exposure limit ($7,000);
  • Provide a hand washing station ($5,500);
  • Implement engineering controls (e.g., water suppression, HEPA vacuums) to reduce and maintain lead exposure ($7,000); and
  • Ensure food, beverage and tobacco products were not present or used in the work area ($7,000).

The company has 15 business days from receiving the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request a conference with OSHA, or contest the findings.

Two OSHA Cases in 2010

In 2010, Illinois Central Railroad was seven serious and three other-than-serious citations. When the case was closed in 2011, the citations were reduced to four serious and three other-than-serious, for floor and wall openings, powered industrial trucks and electrical hazards. The company paid $7,000 in penalties.

Also in 2010, the company paid $7,000 for two serious violations for hazards including fixed ladders and floor and wall openings.

   

Tagged categories: Bridges; Demolition; Hazards; Health and safety; Lead; OSHA; Protective clothing; Rail; Respiratory Protection Standard

Comment from Billy Russell, (12/11/2013, 3:18 PM)

SMH.


Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Advertisements
 
Bullard
 
The Next Generation
of Blasting
 
• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable
 

 
SAFE Systems, Inc.
 
Portable Blast &
Recovery Equipment
 
Trailer or skid mounted blast and recovery equipment. Systems designed for maximum versatility, environmental compliance
and overall cost savings.
Call 1-800-634-7278
 

 
Termarust Technologies
 
Termarust (HR CSA) Chemically Stops
Active Corrosion
 
Arch truss treated with Termarust's (HR CSA) in 2003. This steel arch bridge is rust free on all surfaces including the crevice corroded joints and connections.
 

 
Novatek Corporation
 
Novatek Corporation, Dustless Coatings Removal
 
Strip, clean and profile all dust free! Comply with new lead standards. Contact today: (866) 563-7800
 

 
Atlantic Design, Inc.
 
CLICK HERE
 
to see what we did to this dust collector! ADI can increase the efficiency and life of your equipment! Any brand, for less than new! 866.Call.ADI
 

 
Safway Services
 
Your Access Advantage. QUIKDECK®
 
Provides safe, factory-floor-like working conditions. Can be engineered to fit almost any shape, structure or size. Modular platform easily assembled from just a few basic components. Excellent containment. Applications include vessels, offshore rigs and bridges.
 

 
Tarps manufacturing, Inc.
 
QUALITY MADE IN AMERICA —Available near you!
 
CLICK to get a behind-the-scenes look at how Tarps Manufacturing makes the highest-quality tarps right here in the USA — available nationwide.
 

 
US Minerals
 
US Minerals -
Black Magnum
 
With nationwide production and distribution capabilities, U.S. Minerals supplies a complete range of coal slag and other abrasives to meet all of your blasting needs.
 

 
Advanced Recycling Systems
 
ADVANCED RECYCLING SYSTEMS (ARS)
 
Recycling Machines, Dust Collectors, Rapid Deployment units are time-tested and approved for the rugged industrial environment. Contact ARS today!
(330)536-8210
 

 
PPG Protective and Marine Coatings Group
 
We Protect and Beautify the World
 
PPG is widely recognized as a world leader in protective and marine coatings, developing innovative, cutting-edge products and services.
 

 
 
 

Technology Publishing Co., 2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951

TEL 1-412-431-8300  • FAX  1-412-431-5428  •  EMAIL webmaster@paintsquare.com


The Technology Publishing Network

Durability + Design PaintSquare the Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings Paint BidTracker

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us