OSHA Stomps on Wisconsin Winery for HazCom Deficiencies

The citations are the result of a follow-up investigation conducted in January. Proposed penalties total $71,280.

OSHA has cited Spurgeon Vineyards and Winery LLC in Highland, Wis., with 12 safety and health—including nine repeat—violations for failing to provide fall protection and a hazard communication program. The citations are the result of a follow-up investigation conducted in January. Proposed penalties total $71,280.

"Employers are responsible for knowing the hazards that exist in their workplaces, and failing to take basic safety precautions to protect workers is unacceptable," said Kim Stille, OSHA's area director in Madison. "Repeat violations portray a disregard for workers' safety and health. OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job."

Seven repeat safety violations involve failing to protect workers from fall hazards greater than 4 feet on wine tanks and catwalks, implement and train workers on a lockout/tagout program to control the release of hazardous energy, possess proper guarding and interlocks on a wine bottling machine, provide forklift training, and allowing workers to use damaged electrical cords.

Additionally, the company has been cited with two repeat health violations for failing to implement a personal protective equipment hazard assessment, provide a hazard communication program and training, and provide material safety data sheets for chemicals used in the workplace. Similar violations were cited in July 2011.

Three serious safety and health violations cited include the operation of forklifts under lights without proper head room, a lack of eye protection, and failing to evaluate the risk of ozone exposure.

comments powered by Disqus

Info Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations manage safety and achieve regulatory compliance by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, loss payouts, insurance premiums, property damage, lost days, and OSHA fines; and more. Learn More →

  • Proactively Prevent Incidents and Injuries

    IndustrySafe’s JSA module allows users to track and mitigate hazards associated with difficult tasks or job sites. Learn More →

  • Analyze Incident Data and Maintain OSHA Compliance

    Collect relevant incident data, analyze trends, and generate accurate regulatory reports, including OSHA 300, 300A, and 301 logs, through IndustrySafe’s extensive incident reporting and investigation module. Learn More →

  • Track and Analyze Your Training Programs

    With IndustrySafe’s Training module, users can quickly generate reports identifying employees who need recertification and training for specific job assignments and can automatically notify employees of upcoming classes and required re-training. Learn More →

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s flexible and intuitive Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track Key Safety Performance Indicators and metrics, allowing safety professionals to gain increased visibility into their business' operations and safety data. Learn More →

  • Industry Safe

Free e-News Subscription

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy