Safety Fines for Industrial Gas Maker

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 07:12 PM gHale

Welco Acetylene Corp. faces $49,200 in fines for 19 serious safety violations following an inspection of its repackaging facility in Newark, NJ, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The inspection began in May under OSHA’s national emphasis program for process safety management for covered chemical facilities.

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“The safety hazards found at Welco’s facility put its workers at serious risk of injury and must be addressed promptly,” said Kris Hoffman, director of the OSHA Parsippany Area Office. “Employers are responsible for implementing proper procedures to protect their workers and ensure a safe workplace.”

The serious violations include the company’s failure to:
• Maintain combustible waste material in appropriate metal receptacles.
• Correct equipment deficiencies.
• Provide training to fork truck operators.
• Ensure a diked wall for an acetone storage tank was liquid-tight.
• Develop and implement written operating procedures to conduct activities safely and maintain the ongoing integrity of process equipment.
• Implement safe work practices regarding the accountability of outside contractors or evaluate contractor safety information and performance.
• Develop and implement equipment-specific procedures to control hazardous energy.
• Follow recognized and generally accepted engineering practices for inspecting and testing equipment.
• Maintain historical inspection and testing records for process equipment.
• Compile process safety information before conducting a process hazard analysis.
• Maintain piping and instrumentation diagrams.
• Conduct facility siting adequately, as part of the process hazard analysis, to assess hazards on-site.
• Ensure written operating procedures address safety systems and their functions.
• Perform a required management of change and update written operating procedures accordingly.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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