American Pulverizer Co. cited for 33 safety violations

10:16 AM, Aug 9, 2011   |    comments
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St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - A local manufacturer was cited for nearly three dozen safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA's inspection of American Pulverizer Co., a reduction equipment manufacturing facility, began in February 2011 with an emphasis on electrical safety. The company was cited for one repeat, 31 serious and one other-than-serious safety violations.

The repeat violation accuses the manufacturer of not taking care of an October 2006 citation concerning a lack of grounding continuity in electrical equipment.

The serious violations address multiple hazards that could result in either death or serious physical harm, associated with cranes, lockout/tagout of energy sources, powered industrial trucks, electrical equipment, flammable liquids and gas, welding, housekeeping and machine guarding.

The other-than-serious violation involves a record keeping deficiency, directly related to job safety and health.

The American Pulverizer Co. has 15 business days to either comply with the citations, request an informal conference with the OHSA's area director, or to contest the findings before an independent safety commission.

The company faces up to $121,000 in proposed penalties.

Employers and employees with questions regarding workplace safety and health standards can call OSHA's St. Louis Area Office at 314-425-4249. To report workplace incidents, fatalities, or situations posing imminent danger to workers, call the agency's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742).

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplaces for their employees.


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