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Texas recycler facing OSHA fines

Keywords: Tags  scrap, metal recycler, Jarvis Metals Recycling, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — Jarvis Metals Recycling Inc. is facing $64,400 in fines after workers allegedly were exposed to unguarded machinery and electrical, noise, chemical and fall hazards at the company’s facility in Lubbock, Texas.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has accused the recycler of 24 safety and health violations following a November inspection of the facility.

Alleged violations include failing to comply with safe electrical installations, not storing gas cylinders properly, not labeling propane, not having protective guards on machinery and failing to train its employees about hazards associated with lead and cadmium.

The recycler, which could not be reached for comment, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the findings before an independent OSHA commission.

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