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OSHA Fines Grain Terminal $73K For Safety Lapses

December 18, 2017

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued one serious citation and one other-than-serious citation to Columbia Export Terminal LLC of Portland, OR on Nov. 27 for fall hazards, the agency announced on Monday.

OSHA investigators found that Columbia Export’s terminal in Portland lacked guardrail systems, safety net systems, or other personal fall arrest systems for a walking-working surface; missing mid-rails in a guardrail system in one area of the site that created a risk of 35-foot falls; and did not have fall protection systems in place near an opening on a walking-working surface. The company also failed to guard ladder access areas at the top of bins.

The agency also found the company did not guard more than one-half of the diameter of shaft ends with nonrotating caps or safety sleeves, failed to use tags and locks to prevent motion or energizing of equipment being repaired, serviced, or adjusted, and used a single unidentified lock as multiple employees worked on equipment.

Columbia Export was also cited for failing to have guarding in danger zones at or adjacent to conveyors, specifically conveyor rollers in the site’s transition room.

For a full list of the violations, click here.

Fall protection (1926.501) was the most-frequently cited standard violation in 2015, according to the agency’s website