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OSHA cites Seeler Industries for safety, health violations

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 12, 2014 9:32 a.m. CDT

JOLIET – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Seeler Industries Inc. with 19 safety and health violations.

The violations, one of which the agency said was willful, carry proposed penalties worth $134,400, according to an OSHA news release.

To view the current citations, visit www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/SeelerIndustriesSafetyCitations-966089.pdf and www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/SeelerIndustriesHealthCitations-957322.pdf.

OSHA inspected Seeler Industries Inc. on Feb. 4 following a complaint alleging hazards at the company's 3 Rivers Terminal in Joliet, the agency reported. The terminal provides storage, transfer and packaging services for bulk liquid and dry chemicals.

OSHA found the company failed to provide employees with an effective training program, including information on handling and safely using hazardous chemicals. That failure resulted in the willful violation citation.

Willful violations occur with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for legal requirements, or with indifference to employee safety and health.

OSHA also ruled that Seeler did not put into place engineering controls that would reduce employee exposure and did not label containers with proper warning information concerning chemicals contained in them. As a result, workers were exposed to chemical quantities that exceed permissible limits.

There were other violations, including failure to provide fall protection and a sanitary work environment, follow respiratory protection standards; and train workers on confined space requirements, the use of protective equipment and proper operation of industrial vehicles.

There was also a lack of specific lockout procedures to protect workers operating dangerous machinery and exposing workers to live electrical parts by failing to shut down equipment during service and maintenance.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known about, OSHA said.

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