Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Disregarding Worker Safety And Health Concerns

The death of a maintenance worker and injury to two others resulted in a closure of Mueller Industries in Memphis, Tennessee. This company owns and operates 20 facilities located in eight states and two foreign countries. The cause was a leakage of naphtha, a flammable liquid chemical, from an electric pump that exploded.

Thanks to OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) for enforcing sanctions on Mueller Industries on exposing their workers to safety and health hazards which resulted to the death of a worker.

Below are the citations issued to the erring corporation:

-- A willful citation with $40,000 penalty for alleged failure to repair a corroded live electrical disconnect, which exposed workers to electrical shock.

-- Ten repeat citations with $150,000 penalty for alleged failure to guard machinery; failure to label hazardous chemicals, and unsafe electrical equipment and practices; and

-- Sixty-nine serious citations, with $223,500 penalty for alleged unsafe cranes; fall hazards; unsafe ladders; blocked and inadequate exits; unsafe flammable liquid and compressed gas use and storage; locking out hazardous energy sources during maintenance and service; a lack of machine guards; unsafe electrical equipment and practices; and failure to establish a respiratory protection program.

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Written By Monch Bravante

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