Apparently, Houston-based Piping Technology & Products (PTP) is a noisy place—so noisy thatfailed to hear OSHA the first time it cited the company a year ago. Now it must pay OSHA fines totaling $118,000 after inspectors discovered conditions leading to one willful and nine serious health and safety violations.
The most serious violation—for failing to establish and maintain a hearing-conservation program for workers exposed to noise levels exceeding 85 decibels—was deemed willful because PTP was cited for the same problem during a June 2011 inspection. Despite fines of more than $1 million following that inspection, the company failed to correct the problem.
The serious violations included failing to ensure the use of hearing protection, earplugs or earmuffs to prevent hearing loss.
Advice: Immediately correct hazards identified by OSHA inspectors. Next time they visit, they’re sure to check whether you fixed previously identified problems.