Flash Report: Stop-Work Orders for Imminent Hazards

California’s Labor Employment Task Force (LETF) has issued OPUs – stop-work orders to several Southern California employers after the task force found conditions that put workers in “immediate danger of fatal and serious injuries.”

The employers include four car washes and three manufacturers. LETF lifted the OPUs at most of the businesses after confirming the machinery involved had been adequately repaired.

The car washes had water extractors for towels without functioning interlock devices that could stop the machines in case a door was unlocked or open. They included Pasadena Auto Wash, Baldwin Park Hand Car Wash, Star Auto Spa in El Monte and Fair Oaks Car Wash in Altadena. The task force subsequently lifted the OPUs at Pasadena Auto Wash and Fair Oaks Car Wash. The other two business have not corrected the hazards yet, LETF says.

Baldwin Park Hand Car Wash was also cited for child labor violations after finding minors “working in dangerous conditions,” according to the Department of Industrial Relations.

At the three manufacturing concerns, Maximum Security Safes, Trinity Window Fashions, and Pierre’s Fine Carpentry, all based in Santa Ana, LETF issued stop-work orders on woodworking table saws that did not have adequate guarding.  All the employers corrected the guarding issues and the OPUs were lifted. Trinity and Pierre’s also were cited for failure to maintain workers’ comp insurance, but they subsequently provided proof of insurance and were allowed to resume work.

LETF is a coalition of agencies, including Cal/OSHA, the Labor Commissioner’s office, Contractors State License Board, Employment Development Department, California Department of Insurance, Bureau of Automotive Repair, Alcoholic Beverage Control and California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, that conducts monthly inspections in high-risk industries to combat the “underground economy.”