Chemical Facility Faces Safety Fines

Monday, October 17, 2016 @ 04:10 PM gHale

PPG Industries is facing $92,642 in fines for 11 safety violations at its Westlake, LA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

PPG Industries is a global manufacturer of paint and coating products. Based in Pittsburgh, it has approximately 47,000 employees worldwide of which 18,500 work in North America.

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OSHA investigators issued citations for nine serious and two other violations to PPG Industries’ Westlake facility, after an employee complaint began an agency investigation April 11.

Inspectors found employees of the global chemical manufacturer exposed to hazards such as corrosive materials and a leaking, 30,000-gallon hot water tank. OSHA also cited the company for:
• Failing to inspect lock out/tag out procedures
• Not inspecting safety relief valves
• Allowing the use of deteriorated stair rails
• Lacking a hazard assessment for confined space entry

The agency also identified two other violations issued for not illuminating exit signs and not having a protective cover on a junction box to prevent electric shock.

“The violations found at PPG Industries’ Westlake facility are disturbing. Not inspecting safety relief valves endangers workers and could have catastrophic consequences,” said Dorinda Folse, OSHA’s Area Director in Baton Rouge. “This employer must take all necessary steps to correct these issues and take the safety of its workers seriously.”