Midwest scrap company Midland Davis Corp. is facing a penalty
of $64,680 after being cited by the U.S. Labor
Departments Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA) for 19 alleged safety violations.
president of the Moline, Ill.-based recycler, told AMM
that the company is hopeful the penalty will be reduced because
it has already corrected most of the alleged violations and is
in the process of remediating the few remaining issues.
The company was cited
for two repeat violations for failing to conduct periodic
inspections of energy control procedures and failing to train
and evaluate each powered industrial vehicle operator.
An additional 13
alleged serious violations included lack of fall protection for
employees working on elevated platforms, lack of machine
guarding and failure to remove damaged vehicles and other
equipment from service.
The company also was
cited for failing to certify in writing the completion of a
hazard assessment, provide safety information to employees
voluntarily using filtering face pieces, maintain inspection
records for ropes on the locomotive crane and ensure powered
industrial vehicles were properly marked.
OSHA said it initiated
an inspection of Midland Davis under its "site-specific
targeting program," which targets employers that have recorded
an injury and illness rate higher than the national
OSHAs area director in Peoria, said in a statement that
failing to conduct periodic inspections and remove damaged
equipment creates an atmosphere in which workers are vulnerable
to injury on the job.
"By failing to correct
previous deficiencies, Midland Davis has demonstrated a lack of
commitment to employee safety and health," he said.
OSHA said the company
has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and notice
of proposed penalties to contest the findings before an
Davis said it intends
to meet with OSHA within that period. "By the time of the
meeting everything will have been remediated and corrected. So
our hope is the fine will be reduced. We think its
excessive for what we were cited for. We will work with OSHA
and hope they work with us. We will always aim to be in full
compliance," he said.