USA: Essroc cited for 10 health violations

USA: Essroc cited for 10 health violations
Published: 04 May 2016


The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited through its Cleveland Area Office Essroc Cement Corporation for one repeated and 10 serious safety and health violations, reported OSHA.

The cement producer, part of the Italcementi Group, now faces US$92,000 in federal fines for alleged hazards at its Middlebranch facility, according to OSHA.

Workers at the facility were allegedly exposed to machine, noise and respiratory hazards, OSHA stated.
The citations and also included one for repeated violation.
 
Investigators said they found the company failed to:
    •    Install machine guarding on rotating barrels
    •    Develop machine specific safety procedures to control hazardous energy
    •    Protect workers from excessive noise exposure
    •    Establish a hearing conservation programme including baseline and annual audiograms
    •    Develop a respiratory protection program including medical evaluations and fit-testing
    •    Train workers to operate powered industrial vehicles
    •    Inspect fire extinguishers and cranes as required
    •    Maintain dry, clean floors.