POSTED: 7:57 a.m. HST, Jul 9, 2013
Tileco Inc. in Kapolei has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 23 violations, carrying proposed fines of $50,400.
Twenty-two of the violations include failure to adequately evaluate workplace hazards; failure to protect workers from amputation hazards relating to unguarded machinery and gears; failure to protect workers from unexpected startup of equipment during maintenance and setup; failure to protect workers from confined space hazards; failure to provide training on the use of powered industrial trucks; failure to have in place a written respiratory program; failure to ensure the proper fit and use of respirators; and failure to have medical evaluations for workers using respiratory protection.
There also were fall hazards involving unprotected platforms.
In OSHA terms, 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. Tileco has 15 days after receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, to meet with OSHA’s area director, or to contest the findings, according to an OSHA statement.