Alfa Laval Faces Big Safety Fines

Wednesday, May 27, 2015 @ 02:05 PM gHale

Alfa Laval Inc. faces $477,900 in proposed penalties for dozens of serious workplace safety violations, five of which are repeat offenses at the company’s Broken Arrow, OK, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators found five repeated and 45 serious violations on a range of health and safety issues, including inadequate protection of workers from machinery, a lack of respiratory equipment and training for hazardous chemicals. Alfa Laval employs 220 people at the facility.

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Alfa Laval also had no procedure to prevent machines from starting during maintenance or service, and failed to maintain written fire protection and emergency management plans. OSHA levied a $218,500 penalty for the repeated violations it cited the employer for in 2010 and 2011, and an additional $259,400 for the serious violations.

OSHA placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“Alfa Laval has no excuse for repeatedly exposing workers to dangerous conditions,” said David Bates, OSHA’s area director in Oklahoma City. “A continued failure by the company to make needed changes to its safety program may well result in severe injuries or worse.”

A global provider of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling products, Alfa Laval employs 18,000 employees at locations in Sweden, Denmark, India, China, the U.S. and France. The company serves industries that produce food and beverages, chemicals and petrochemicals, pharmaceuticals, starch, sugar and ethanol. Alfa Laval’s products also see use in power plants, aboard ships, oil and gas exploration, in the mechanical engineering industry, in the mining industry and for wastewater treatment, as well as for comfort climate and refrigeration applications. It reported annual sales of $4.2 billion in 2014.

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