PaintSquare.com
      | Connect Follow us on Twitter Like us on Facebook
About | Subscribe | Advertise
  

 

Free Download of our eBook on Overcoating Bridges and Other Structures

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


OSHA Alleges Repeat Painter Hazards

Friday, February 7, 2014

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

A Texas trailer manufacturer has repeatedly exposed painters and abrasive blasters to airborne particles over eight times the permissible limit, as well as several other hazards, federal safety regulators alleged.

PJ Trailers Manufacturing Co. Inc. was cited for eight safety and health violations, including five repeat violations, after a July follow-up inspection at its Sumner, TX, facility, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Monday (Feb. 3).

Proposed fines total $187,000.

PJ Trailers
Photos: PJ Trailers

PJ Trailers, based inof Sumner, TX, has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program. The agency alleges repeat and serious violations involving painters, blasters and other workers.

PJ Trailers manufactures flatdeck, deckover, tilt, dump, carhauler and utilities trailers from its facilities in Sumner, TX, and Mt. Orab, OH.

'Lax Attitude'

"These violations demonstrate the company's lax attitude toward protecting workers at this facility from serious injuries. OSHA will not tolerate such negligence," said Stephen Boyd, director of OSHA's Dallas Area Office. "Employers must provide a safe and healthy work environment for their employees."

The citation documents can be viewed here and here.

The company did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday (Feb. 6).

The company has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law. The program focuses on recalcitrant employers that endanger workers by committing willful, repeat or failure-to-abate violations.

Repeat Violations

The latest inspection found five repeat violations, totaling $169,000 in proposed penalties.

Repeat violations accuse the company of:

  • Exposing employees to airborne concentrations of iron oxide and copper fumes, a mixture OSHA says has an additive toxic effect on the lungs, and not providing exhaust or ventilation systems ($38,500);
  • Exposing a powder-coat operator and abrasive-blasting workers to airborne concentrations of particulates ($33,000);
  • Not guarding machinery to prevent employees from having body parts in danger zones ($70,000);
  • Not closing unused openings on electrical equipment ($16,500); and
  • Not having flexible cords connected to devices to keep tension from joints or terminal screws ($16,500).

Repeat violations are issued when an employer has been cited for the same or a similar violation at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Dozens of Earlier Violations

PJ Trailers and Delco Trailers Co. Inc., a similar company owned by PJ Trailers, were first cited for the violations in two cases that were opened March 28, 2011, according to OSHA records.

OSHA citations

"These violations demonstrate the company's lax attitude toward protecting workers at this facility from serious injuries," OSHA said.

One of the inspections was closed in April 2013 and resulted in four serious, one willful and three other-than-serious violations, totaling $76,000 in penalties. OSHA had originally cited PJ Trailers for seven serious, two willful, one repeat and five other-than-serious violations with proposed penalties totaling $138,600.

The other inspection has not yet been indicated as closed, but a close conference took place in Sept. 2011. Initial citations noted 34 serious, 10 willful and 11 repeat violations with a proposed penalty of $1,087,700. Although the case is not officially closed, OSHA has so far reduced those violations to 21 serious, two willful, three repeat and eight other-than-serious citations with $382,520 in proposed penalties.

The company was also inspected in 2012 following a complaint, but no citations were issued.

3 Serious Citations

In the current case, the three serious citations allege:

  • Leaving broken crane hooks in service, exposing employees to struck-by and/or crushed-by hazards ($7,000);
  • Leaving a forklift with broken parts in service ($5,500); and
  • Not removing a portable angle grinder extension cord that had damaged insulation ($5,500).

Serious violations reflect substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard the employer knew or should have known about.

PJ Trailers has 15 business days from receiving the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

   

Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Hazards; Health and safety; OSHA; Violations

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Desco Mfg. Co., Inc.
DUST-FREE SOLUTIONS For Lead Abatement

Tools operate at levels well below OSHA limits for hazardous material removal; meet SP11 specifications when required and low vibration tools increase productivity.


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


SAFE Systems, Inc.
Custom blast rooms
by SAFE Systems

Don't waste time and money "making do" with a "standard" design. Let us work with you to design and build the system that best fits your requirements.
Call 1-800-634-7278


Atlantic Design, Inc.
BUILDING INNOVATION, NOT IMITATION

The smallest version of our Blast Vacuum Recyclers, this ADI 2300CFM 2-Pot is a cleverly designed power package for those smaller jobs. 866.Call.ADI


Graco Inc.
Eco-Friendly Surface Prep

• Blast with 92% less dust
• Use less media
• Less containment & disposal  costs
Graco® EcoQuip® Vapor Abrasive® Blast Equipment Learn more


Vector Technologies Ltd.
The Original Performance Proven Vacuum Solutions

Vecloader DV 145, 350hp 6200 CFM & 28’’hg. For those big jobs, choose Vector for the most powerful trailer mounted vacuum in the industry today. 800-832-4010, 414-247-7100.


Park Derochie Coatings Ltd.
www.ParkDerochie.com

Coatings          Fireproofing
Sandblasting     Scaffolding
Metalizing           Insulation

• Shop & Field Services
• SSPC Certified
• NACE Inspectors on staff
• New Construction &
  Maintenance Programs


Sidewinder/Persyst Enterprises, Inc.
The Sidewinder Model M2 Solvent Recycler

Combat the rising cost of gunwash, thinners, acetone & more while drastically reducing waste disposal coat.


Detail Masters
Overspray Removal

We offer professional, turnkey service and unparalleled quality!
Our process can save hundreds— even thousands of dollars. It's fast, environmentally safe and 100% guaranteed.


Industrial Vacuum Equipment Corp.
Hurricane Vacuums
& Dust Collectors

Vacuum and dust collector hose, filters and related accessories.
IndustrialVacuum.com

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design 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
 

© Copyright 2000-2016, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com