This photo is from Narricot Industries LP, a sponsor of the Aug. 11 webinar that makes webbing for fall harnesses.

$112,000 Fine for Lacking Fall Protection

OSHA's fines against U.S. Minerals LLC for the alleged violations at its Baldwin, Ill., plant total $158,200, mostly for having no fall protection on elevated platforms. Don't miss Wednesday's OH&S fall protection webinar.

OSHA's Aug. 5 announcement of $158,200 in fines against U.S. Minerals LLC of Dyer, Ind., is the latest six-figures-or-higher penalty assessed by the agency. This one against the manufacturer of abrasive blasting materials, including coal slag, followed an inspection of its Baldwin, Ill., plant that began in February. OSHA said $112,000 of the fines, and willful and repeat violations, were issued for alleged failure to provide fall protection on platforms more than 30 feet off the ground. Lockout/tagout violations also were included.

This has been a big year for fall protection regulations, consensus standards, and enforcement. OSHA proposed changes in its standard on walking-working surfaces to reduce same-level fall fatalities, and the proposal includes requirements to provide fall protection PPE. On Aug. 11, OH&S will present a free, live webinar about recent changes in the Z359 fall protection code, featuring Kevin Denis, training manager and project coordinator for Gravitec Systems Inc. Visit this page to register for it.

U.S. Minerals LLC offers Black Magnum abrasives and also spent abrasives recycling to its customers.OSHA said it inspected the same Baldwin plant of U.S. Minerals LLC in 2007, and the company received 18 citations at that time. "There is no excuse for a company to disregard the safety and welfare of its workers by not following OSHA safety standards," said OSHA Area Director Nick Walters in Fairview Heights, Ill. "Those who ignore safe practices and OSHA regulations are inviting tragedy into the lives of their workers."

Product Showcase

  • SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit

    The SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit is a single-use spot test designed for use in screening for cannabis compounds in any sample type or on any surface. The test is capable of identifying the presumed presence of cannabinoids in very small quantities, with a level of detection as little as 6 μg in mass. Learn more about the SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit and the rest of SwabTek surface drug testing solutions through the webinar titled "Everything You Want To Know About Surface Testing" Read More

  • Safety Knives

    The Safety Knife Company has developed a quality range of safety knives for all industries. Designed so that fingers cannot get to the blades, these knives will safely cut through cardboard, tape, strapping, shrink or plastic wrap or a variety of other packing materials. Because these knives have no exposed blades and only cut cardboard deep, they will not only protect employees against lacerations but they will also save product. The Metal Detectable versions have revolutionary metal detectable polypropylene knife bodies specifically for the food and pharmaceutical industries. This material can be detected and rejected by typical detection machines and is X-ray visible. Read More

  • EMSL Analytical, Inc. - Air Sampling Supplies & Testing Labs

    EMSL Analytical, Inc. operates laboratories throughout the United States and Canada. EMSL is a nationally recognized and locally focused provider specializing in fast laboratory results for Asbestos, Mold, Silica, Lead & Metals, Bacteria, Legionella, USP , Combustion By-Products, VOC’s, Radon, PCB’s, Formaldehyde, METH/Fentanyl, Identification of Dust & Unknowns. Sampling Pumps, Cassettes, Media & Supplies available. Reach us at 1-800.220.3675 Read More