Saturday, June 17, 2017

OSHA has issued a dozen citations and proposed $226,431 in fines following its investigation into the Nov. 29, 2016, death of a 26-year-old machine operator at a Pensacola-area electrical cable manufacturer, Gulf Cable LLC

Florida cable manufacturer cited for safety violations following worker fatality
A machine operator working for an electrical cable manufacturer was fatally crushed after being pulled into a cable wiring re-spool machine. OSHA inspectors cited Milton, Fla.-based Gulf Cable LLC for 12 violations including failure to install machine guarding to prevent contact with moving parts and failure to have a plan to prevent machines from starting while being serviced. The company also exposed workers to electrical shock hazards by failing to replace cut wiring. Gulf Cable was proposed fines totaling $226,431. Read the news release for more information.

May 31, 2017

OSHA finds safety failures in its investigation of fatal incident
at Florida electrical cable manufacturer
MILTON, Fla. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a dozen citations and proposed $226,431 in fines following its investigation into the Nov. 29, 2016, death of a 26-year-old machine operator at a Pensacola-area electrical cable manufacturer.
Milton-based Gulf Cable LLC was cited for failing to take measures to protect Jonathan Gilmore, who was pulled into a re-spool machine and crushed as he attempted to guide electrical wiring cable into the machine. OSHA found the machine lacked the required guarding to prevent him from coming into contact with its moving parts.
“Jonathan Gilmore’s death could have been prevented,” said Brian Sturtecky, O­­SHA’s area director in Jacksonville. “Employers have a responsibility to provide safe work environments for their workers regardless of production schedules. When employers fail to use equipment properly and safely, they put employees at risk of serious injury or worse.”
OSHA issued 12 violations to Gulf Cable for one willful, one repeat, seven serious and three other-than-serious safety violations. The willful citation relates to the company’s failure to install guards to prevent machine operators from coming into contact with the cable as it winds onto the spool.
The agency also cited the employer for one repeat violation for failing to develop, document and utilize hazardous energy control procedures to prevent machines from operating while employees performed service and maintenance.
OSHA issued serious citations to Gulf Cable for failing to:

  • Install guardrails on all four sides of machinery in the pit area, exposing workers to trip and fall hazards.
  • Repair or replace cut electrical wiring for the emergency-stop foot pedal, exposing workers to electrical shock and electrocution hazards.
The citations for Gulf Cable can be viewed at:
Gulf Cable employs 110 workers at its facility, often running two separate 12-hour shifts with approximately 50 employees on each shift working seven days per week.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions; obtain compliance assistance; file a complaint or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Jacksonville Area Office at 904-232-2895.

Virginia cites Georgia Pacific after hazards cost worker’s life
The Virginia Occupational Safety and Health Program issued $84,000 in penalties to Georgia Pacific in Big Island for safety violations discovered after a fatal incident in November. VOSH inspectors determined that the company had removed a nip roll guard from a floor opening, and six days later, a worker servicing a paper machine fell through the unguarded hole into a pulp tank and drowned. VOSH inspectors issued citations to the company for two serious and one willful violations.