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Midwest recycler hoping to have OSHA penalty reduced

Keywords: Tags  scrap, OSHA, Midland Davis, safety violations, Tom Bielema, Martin Davis, Sean Davidson

NEW YORK — Midwest scrap company Midland Davis Corp. is facing a penalty of $64,680 after being cited by the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 19 alleged safety violations.

Martin Davis, 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 average.

Tom Bielema, OSHA’s 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 independent commission.

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 it’s 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.

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