Metallurgical Inc. faces $106,000 in penalties after the
October death of a worker at its silicon metal plant in Selma,
The U.S. Department of
Labors Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) launched an inspection of the plant Oct. 26 after an
employee died in a 16-foot fall.
OSHA didnt name the
worker, and Globe didnt respond to a request for comment
May 15. But the Selma Times-Journal reported in
October that the victim was Marvin Bennett, 46, of Selma.
"This incident could have been
prevented," OSHA area director Joseph Roesler said in a
statement. "Employers cannot allow workers to be exposed to
unguarded equipment or fire (and) explosion hazards. Its
imperative that management eliminate the hazards from the
OSHA accused Globe, a subsidiary
of New York-based Globe Specialty Metals Inc., of serious and
repeat safety violations. These allegations included failing to
protect workers from floor openings, not making sure that all
railings on an electrode platform met minimal safety
requirements, and not ensuring that all electrical panels,
boxes and fittings had closed knockouts. OSHA found similar
violations at the Selma plant following inspections in 2009 and
2010, the agency said.
OSHA also alleged that Globe had
failed to ensure that workers in the feeder tunnel werent
exposed to an unguarded skip hoist and accused the company of
exposing workers to fire and explosion hazards by allowing
combustible dust to accumulate on surfaces such as electric
panels, ledges and I-beams.
Globes facility in Selma
has two furnaces and makes silicon metal, according to the
OSHA said the Selma plant smelts
silicon from wood ships and river rocks.