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$58,800 fine for exposing employees to combustible dust hazards

12 October 2011

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Karyall Teleday Co. of Brooklyn, Ohio, for 17 serious safety and health violations.

Employees were exposed to respirable and combustible dust
Employees were exposed to respirable and combustible dust

The company faces $58,800 in proposed fines following an inspection conducted under OSHA's local emphasis programme on the primary metals industry. Its findings reveal the overexposure of employees to respirable dust and failing to provide them personal protective equipment.

"Failing to provide appropriate personal protective equipment and monitoring workers for exposure to hazards such as respiritable and combustible dust puts them at an unacceptable risk for injury and illness," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Employers have a responsibility to ensure that work environments are healthful and safe."

The violations involve overexposure to respiritable dust, exposure to combustible dust, a lack of mandatory respirator training, a lack of fit-testing and medical evaluations for respirator use, various electrical violations, not providing proper guards on various machines to protect employees, failing to develop lockout/tagout procedures for machinery to prevent equipment from becoming energised unintentionally, not providing personal protective equipment, and not providing fork truck training.

Karyall Teleday Co. produces metal containers, wire baskets and sheet metal products.

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