OSHA Fines Concrete, Staffing Companies for Noise Exposure A New Hampshire concrete company must pay a fine of $240,000 and its Massachusetts staffing company a fine of $7,000 for failing to provide required safeguards to protect company employees from falling, being crushed, and being exposed to noise levels that could lead to hearing loss. Acting on a worker ... News in Brief
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OSHA Fines Concrete, Staffing Companies for Noise Exposure
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News in Brief   |   March 01, 2015
OSHA Fines Concrete, Staffing Companies for Noise Exposure
The ASHA Leader, March 2015, Vol. 20, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.20032015.11
The ASHA Leader, March 2015, Vol. 20, 11. doi:10.1044/leader.NIB3.20032015.11
A New Hampshire concrete company must pay a fine of $240,000 and its Massachusetts staffing company a fine of $7,000 for failing to provide required safeguards to protect company employees from falling, being crushed, and being exposed to noise levels that could lead to hearing loss.
Acting on a worker complaint, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated Concrete Systems Inc. and found two willful, 18 serious and six other violations.
CSI and Marathon Staffing Services Inc.—an agency that supplies CSI with temporary workers—both violated a requirement that employees receive baseline audiograms to use in determining future hearing loss.
Among other CSI violations, OSHA determined that noise levels in the plant exceeded the allowed exposure of 90 dBA and were capable of causing permanent hearing loss; employees did not wear hearing protection; employees were not trained in the company’s hearing conservation program; and information about occupational noise standards was not provided or posted.
OSHA ensures that employers provide safe and healthful workplaces by setting and enforcing workplace standards. For more information about this case, visit bit.ly/hearing-fines.
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