Albion Mill Safety Violations Cited


Source: OSHA Pros USA

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Pennsylvania-based feed mill operators, Albion Mill. The citations issued for the most recent February 10th inspection, some of which being repeat offenses, were as a follow-up to a pair of previous inspections, conducted in July and August of 2013, respectively. OSHA Erie Area director, Theresa A. Naim, said, “Our follow-up inspection at Albion Mill found (that) employees continue to be exposed to severe combustible dust issues. In some areas, six inches, or more, of dust had accumulated, creating a dangerous risk of explosion. This company had ample opportunity, time, and guidance to correct the hazardous conditions but chose business-as-usual, by disregarding the safety of its employees.”

The total proposed penalty for the Albion Mill citations in the 2016 inspection is, $195,460.

The respective classification of those citations, processed in the recent 2016 inspection, were:

  • (5) willful
  • (12) serious
  • (1) other-than-serious
  • (9) repeat violations

Willful violations for Albion Mill included:

  • Employees without proper safety equipment
  • Lack of proper guarding for belts, pulleys, and shafts
  • Failure to develop/implement a housekeeping program to prevent combustible dust hazards
  • Lack of inspection and service records

Repeat violations included:

  • Lack of proper fire extinguisher training
  • An unguarded, 28-inch deep pit
  • Electrical hazards
  • Lack of proper chemical hazard training
  • No written and implemented hazard communication program
  • Lack of properly established lockout/tagout procedure

The serious violations included:

  • Lack of properly established lockout/tagout procedure
  • Unguarded machine parts
  • Use of damaged equipment
  • Employee exposure to fall hazards
  • Improper storage of propane cylinders
  • Employees lacking proper permit/certification for entry to grain-handling bin
  • Lack of proper engulfment hazard training

Combustion is a serious concern for both the employer and employee dealing with potentially hazardous chemicals. There are a variety of training and certification courses offered that assist in proper training on compliance for the general industry workplace. Furthermore, training for otherwise avoidable repeat citations for issues like fire-extinguisher training is also available. Consider an OSHA-approved training course, today.

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