Chemical Plant Faces OSHA Fines

Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 11:12 AM gHale

Pittsburgh-based PPG Industries’ Barberton, OH, specialty chemicals plant is facing $90,000 in fines for four safety violations, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

An inspection came about in September after OSHA received a complaint about the use of an unguarded winder machine in the facility’s Teslin department, which resulted in the citation for the willful violation, OSHA said.

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A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the laws requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

PPG intends to review this matter through an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, according to the PPG statement.

“PPG recognizes its responsibility to provide safe, healthful workplaces and to preserve and protect the global environment in which the company operates. To this end, we run our businesses using sound environment, health, safety and product stewardship practices, and we communicate with the public and support the communities in which we operate.”

Located in the cities of Barberton and Norton, OH, PPG Barberton produces specialty chemicals, including optical products, precipitated silica and Teslin. The plant began operation in 1900 as the company’s first chemicals site, producing soda ash for glassmaking operations. The site currently employs 140 people.

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