The Audacity of Hype.

September 28, 2008

     A co-worker of mine pointed out this article from Moonbettery.com that contains some frightening information about the Obama campaign.  It’s not enough that his supporters will believe anything he says, and it’s not enough that the media has thrown everything they have behind him, but now he want law enforcement to regulate what is said about him. What will he do if he actually gets elected?!

US LABOR DEPARTMENT’S OSHA CITES CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS-BASED GRAIN ELEVATOR OPERATOR FOLLOWING BIN ENTRAPMENT.

States News Service October 20, 2011 CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — The following information was released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration:

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Corpus Christi Grain Co. in Corpus Christi for six willful and 20 serious violations with total proposed penalties of $258,900. OSHA’s Corpus Christi Area Office initiated its inspection at the company’s facility on Talbert Lane after it was reported that a worker was engulfed while emptying grain from a storage bin. The employee was rescued due to the exceptional efforts of the Corpus Christi Fire Department.

“Employees working in grain storage buildings are exposed to dangerous conditions, and proper safety measures must be taken,” said Michael Rivera, director of OSHA’s Corpus Christi office. “If OSHA’s standards were followed, it is possible this unfortunate incident could have been avoided.” The willful violations include failing to provide personal protective equipment, such as a body harness and life line, for employees working with stored grain; perform lockout/tagout procedures for the energy sources of equipment, such as augers and conveyors, while workers are inside the grain bins; and have a competent attendant present with rescue equipment when workers enter grain storage bins. A willful violation is one committed with plain indifference to or intentional disregard for OSHA’s requirements or employee safety and health. go to site corpus christi texas this web site corpus christi texas

The serious violations include failing to ensure that employees are trained on the hazards associated with grain handling, cover openings with grates in grain bins, ensure that workroom floors are clear of combustible dust and provide a preventive maintenance schedule for machinery. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Corpus Christi Grain, which employs about 25 workers, has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director in Corpus Christi, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report 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 Corpus Christi office at 361-888-3420.

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