A recycling facility in Pennsylvania is facing federal fines for safety violations, according to RelaiblePlant.com. Officials from the US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected the Vortex Recycling Inc. facility in New Castle following an anonymous complaint.
Violations included the failure to remove a defective industrial truck from service, various fall hazards, crane operating hazards, and failure to implement programs for energy control. The facility was cited for similar violations related to defective trucks in 2008. OSHA cited a total of 25 serious violations. Proposed penalties total $58,000.
"These violations pose serious risks to Vortex Recycling workers and must be addressed immediately," said Theresa A. Naim, director of OSHA's Erie area office. "Employers are responsible for ensuring safe and healthful workplaces, and will be held legally accountable when they fail to do so."
Repeat violations are inexcusable at a facility like this. Vortex is extremely fortunate that no one has been killed or seriously injured.
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