Plastics Recycler Faces Safety Fines

Friday, January 13, 2017 @ 04:01 PM gHale

Nemo Plastics Inc. is facing $133,443 in fines for 24 health and safety violations at its Gainesville, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Based in Atlanta, Nemo Plastics receives waste cardboard and plastics to recycle the material for shipment to further processing companies to be reused.

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OSHA investigators issued citations to Nemo Plastics for 21 serious and three other-than-serious safety and health violations. The inspection came after the agency received a complaint.

OSHA issued the serious citations for:
• Exposing workers to explosion and fire hazards by allowing combustible dust to accumulate
• Failure to provide employees personal protective clothing
• Failure to implement a hazardous energy control program to prevent machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing
• Failure to evaluate spaces such as silos to determine if they were permit-required confined spaces
• Exposing workers to amputations hazards due to missing machine guards
• Failure to develop a noise monitoring program

The other-than-serious violations include exposing workers to electrical hazards, not providing Appendix D for employees using respirators and failing to post combustible dust warning signs to inform employees of the fire and explosive hazards associated with combustible dust.

“Nemo Plastics is responsible to assess workplace hazards and ensure measures are taken to protect employees,” said William Fulcher, OSHA’s area director in the Atlanta-East Office. “Workers should not have to risk their lives or health to provide for themselves and their families. The hazards identified during this complaint inspection are preventable by taking basic safety precautions such as providing personal protective equipment, performing routine housekeeping and guarding machines so that a worker doesn’t get injured or killed.”

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