Pottery Maker Fined after Kiln Fatality

Friday, December 1, 2017 @ 02:12 PM gHale

Marshall Pottery, Inc., reached a settlement agreement including a penalty of $545,160, after the death of an assistant plant manager at the company’s Marshall, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

On April 16, investigators determined the manager was servicing a kiln and became trapped inside when it activated.

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The company was cited for six willful violations and 21 serious violations.

Citations were issued following OSHA’s investigation into failures to implement confined space and lockout/tagout programs.

“This company was cited for similar violations in 2008 after another fatality at the plant,” said OSHA Area Director Basil Singh, in Dallas. “Failures to implement lockout/tagout and confined space programs are unacceptable. Employers must use all required safeguards and procedures to prevent the recurrence of similar tragedies.”

Upon receipt of the citations and penalties, Marshall Pottery scheduled an informal conference with the OSHA area director. At the meeting, OSHA and the company reached a settlement. As part of the settlement, the company agreed to abate the violations.

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