OSHA Fines Companies $134,000 For Exposing Workers To Environmental Dangers
December 18, 2012
Two Fort Worth, Texas, companies have been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety violations surrounding exposure of workers to toxic chemicals that could result in an Environmental Injury.
A press release from the agency stated Five Star Custom Foods Ltd. And Packers Sanitation Services Inc., violated 27 regulations that oversee safety process management of businesses, resulting in $134,000 in fines being levied against the companies.
The violations stem from an investigation that was launched by OSHA on June 12 of this year. During the audit, investigators found the companies’ employees were exposed to toxic and corrosive chemicals while working on a refrigeration system. An OSHA spokesman, Jack Rector, stated exposure to the toxic chemicals, such as anhydrous ammonia, could result in serious environmental injuries, including death.
The incident resulted in the company being slapped with fines for 14 serious violations including failure to follow standard engineering practices, failure to conduct system audits and inspections, not providing employees with safety equipment, and not informing contract workers of their risk of environmental injury.
Eleven other safety violations were issued as well for infractions such as not having certain safety procedures in place.