Chemical Firm Safety Citations

Wednesday, February 29, 2012 @ 02:02 PM gHale

Bleach manufacturer and chlorine and caustic soda reseller, Kuehne Chemical Co. of South Kearny, NJ, is facing fines of $139,000 for eight repeat and 13 serious safety and health violations, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

The inspection at the company’s 45-worker Delaware City, DL, facility was part of the Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates.

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“By disregarding OSHA’s standards, this company is leaving its employees vulnerable to hazards that could cause serious injury or even death,” said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA’s Wilmington Area Office. “It is imperative that Kuehne Chemical Co. address the cited violations immediately.”

The repeat violations carry $63,760 in penalties and include electrical and welding hazards, guarding of platforms and machinery, ensuring properly marked exit routes, and ensuring the process hazard analysis addressed possible safety and health effects from failure of controls. OSHA said the company had citations for the same violations in 2008 and 2011.

The serious violations, with $75,240 in penalties, involve housekeeping, guarding, electrical, and PPE violations, officials said. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known, OSHA said.

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