Repeat Safety Violations at AL Firm

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 @ 01:01 PM gHale

Elmore, AL-based Amtech Southeast LLC is facing $50,000 in fines for two repeated and one serious safety citation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Following an inspection at Amtech Southeast, OSHA issued repeated citations for exposing workers to fire and explosion hazards by improperly storing oxygen and acetylene cylinders together, as well as for failing to properly label the containers acetone ended up stored in with the chemical name and hazard warnings.

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The company also faced citations for similar violations in February 2014.

The serious violation was for storing unsecured compressed gas cylinders near an entrance.

“Amtech Southeast continues to expose workers to hazards that were previously identified by inspectors. There is no reason we should be finding these hazards again,” said Joe Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “Employers have a legal obligation to ensure workers have a safe and healthy workplace, and those who fail to do so will be held accountable.”