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OSHA Cites Massachusetts Company for Failing to Protect Workers from Silica

A Hingham, Massachusetts company has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) following a night inspection in July, 2009. Inspectors from OSHA’s Boston North Area Office discovered workers exposed to excess silica levels as they were jackhammering concrete on a bridge on I-93 in Melrose.

In addition to not protecting employees from overexposure to silica, OSHA also cited the company for alleged safety violations including not having controls to lower exposure levels, not fit-testing respirators, failing to evaluate employees’ exposure levels, and not providing a respiratory protection program and training. OSHA also alleges that the company has repeat violations found during an April, 2009 inspection. The proposed fines total $38,100.

The nighttime inspection was part of OSHA’s efforts to target highway construction job sites where silica is generated.

Silica Citations Follow Night Inspection, Safety.BLR.com, October 26, 2009
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