Safety Fines for Heat Treatment Plant

Wednesday, July 22, 2015 @ 01:07 PM gHale

Metallurgical Processing Inc. is facing a $77,000 fine for 24 serious health and safety violations at its New Britain, CT, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA began inspections on Jan. 15 in response to employee complaints. The inspections found employees of the company, which performs heat treatment on metal parts, suffered exposure to a variety of fire, explosion, chemical and mechanical hazards.

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Cited hazards include: Not training and providing protective clothing and tools to employees who performed live electrical work; not inspecting a piping system carrying anhydrous ammonia; lack of a pressure relief valve on a nitrogen tank, and improper storage of incompatible chemicals and combustible materials.

The company also lacked a complete and adequate program regulating employees’ work in confined spaces and adequate safeguards for employees required to wear respirators.

“To ensure the health and well-being of its employees, Metallurgical Products Inc. must address and correct these hazards immediately,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director in Hartford. “Employers need to be proactive about safeguarding their employees against work-related hazards. It’s not just good policy, it is good business.”