An Earth City, Missouri recycling company was recently cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violating health and safety rules, according to a recent article in Recycling Today. The OSHA’s investigation into health and safety at the plant began in June of 2011, when a worker attempting to clear a jam inside a baling machine was killed.
The citations included 22 serious safety violations and 8 serious health violations. These included situations in which potentially explosive dust was allowed to linger in the air where workers were present; employees operating loud equipment without wearing required hearing protection; and workers operating wash machines containing dangerous solvents without having the required safety clothing, such as gloves and face protection.
The company also received a “repeat” violation for using powered trucks the company knew were defective. A “repeat” violation is a second citation for the same behavior within five years. The company had received a citation for the same defective powered trucks in April 2010. OSHA has given the company until December 30, 2011 to fix the violations, and has recommended a total fine of over $195,000.
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