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Complaint leads OSHA to discovery of dramatic hazards

28 Jun Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Complaint leads OSHA to discovery of dramatic hazards
Complaint leads OSHA to discovery of dramatic hazards

A complaint in November, 2012, led to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspection of the facility of a wood shavings manufacturer in Queensbury, NY. What they discovered resulted in 28 cited violations and $233,870 in proposed OSHA fines.

Inspectors noted two “willful violations” (committed with intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health) accounting for $107,800 of the total fines.

Among the hazards cited were dangerous accumulations of explosive, combustible wood dust; and a dust collection system that lacked a fully enclosed motor and grounded or bonded ductwork.

According to a May 23 Department of Labor news release, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York, Robert Kulick said, “[E]mployers should institute and maintain an effective illness and injury prevention program in which workers and managers work together to identify and eliminate hazards that can injure or sicken workers.”

Airborne dust poses a serious health risk to workers. Effective control and removal of dust, such as with an industrial vacuum system, is necessary to prevent accidents from combustible dust and serious health risks from airborne particulate matter.

For more information on what constitutes appropriate dust collection, and an industry-standard dust collector, contact Ryvac Engineering, serving Pomona and the Greater Los Angeles area.