Chemical, Fire Hazards at Metal Tube Maker

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

All Steel Products Inc., of Vandalia, IL, is facing $109,900 in fines for one repeated, 25 serious and one other-than-serious safety and health violations at the metal fabrication facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Acting on a complaint, OSHA inspectors found the maker of metal tubes put workers at risk of lacerations, amputations and potential explosion and fire by ignoring standard safety rules for machines and storing flammable materials in open containers near propane heaters where they might ignite.

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“All Steel must act now to address these concerns and reduce the risks its employees face,” said Aaron Priddy, area director of OSHA’s Fairview Heights Area Office. “Common-sense safety procedures are needed, such as installing safety guards on large industrial machines and storing flammable materials and waste properly. The company also needs to implement safety and health programs, including proper machine shutdown during maintenance and service, ensuring their employees understand workplace hazards and respiratory protection.”

All Steel Products received citations related to:
Amputation hazard
• A metal band-saw blade had no safety guard, a violation OSHA found at this same facility in January 2011
• Machines not shut down and locked out properly before repair and maintenance, including changing saw blades
• Machines operated without proper safety devices

Explosion and fire hazards
• Propane heaters used near gloves and rags soiled with flammable materials
• Combustible waste materials not stored properly and disposed of daily
• Fire extinguishers not maintained

Hazardous chemicals
• Hazardous chemicals not stored properly
• Employees not trained on procedures for handling hazardous chemicals

Respiratory standards
• Employees not trained on respiratory standards, including medical evaluation, proper fitting and respirators

Electrical safety
• Numerous violations also found

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