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Lockout / Tagout Case Studies

The following 3 case studies illustrate the importance of lockout / tagout programs. They also discuss the unfortunate consequences of not having or not using lockout / tagout.

Topics: Lockout / Tagout Case Studies

Case Study: Companies Cited for Willful and Serious Hazard Violations

OSHA Proposes $130,200 in Fines to Aluminum Plant for Willful Exposures

Company: Matalco US Inc., Canton, Ohio

Scope: Matalco US is under investigation by the US Department of Labor for exposing workers to amputation, fall hazards and unsafe crane operations.

Topics: Violations and Penalties Case Studies

Electrical Safety Case Studies

The case studies that follow demonstrate how the lack of safety procedures and education can result in serious if not fatal injuries.

Topics: Electrical Safety Case Studies

Chemical Hazards Result in Multiple Citations

OSHA Fines Lazarus Energy for Exposing Workers

Company: Lazarus Energy LLC

Scope: OSHA discovered 11 safety violations, mainly for exposing workers to chemical hazards at its Nixon refinery.

What Happened: OSHA inspected Lazarus Energy LLC in July of 2013 after a referral from the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA was focusing on the refinery's process safety management program for handling flammable liquids in excess of 10,000 pounds.

The 10 serious process safety management violations cited include a failure to properly compile process safety information for vessels, piping, and other equipment; resolve previous process hazard analysis action items; update communication operating procedures; complete and update a thorough process hazard analysis; compile and implement written procedures for mechanical integrity; and implement a management of change program.

Topics: Violations and Penalties Case Studies

US Department of Labor Fines Companies for Blacklisting

DISH Network Ordered to Pay $257,000 in Wages and Damages to Blacklisted Former Employee

Company: DISH Network, New York

Scope: An employee was blacklisted after he reported a vendor for submitting fraudulent invoices and testifying at a deposition.

Topics: Whistle Blower Protection Violations and Penalties Case Studies