US Department Of Labor's OSHA Proposes $182,500 In
Penalties Against Sloss Industries For Safety Violations
Walter Industries subsidiary receiving penalty for failing to fix
Birmingham, AL (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing $182,500 in penalties for four safety
violations found at Sloss Industries Fiber Division's manufacturing plant in
OSHA is proposing a $150,000 fine for the company's failure to perform required annual
inspections of its lockout/tagout procedures, which are intended to prevent unintended
machine startup. Following an OSHA inspection in 2005, the company had agreed to conduct
annual inspections to assure that the procedures were being correctly followed. The
agency's inspection in March 2008 revealed that the company was not conducting the
The company is receiving a $25,000 penalty for allegedly failing to establish
lockout/tagout procedures for all of its machinery and equipment at the plant. OSHA
inspectors found that the company had instituted lockout/tagout procedures on less than
half of its machinery. Two other serious safety violations, with $7,500 in penalties, are
being proposed against the company for exposing employees to electrical hazards.
"After agreeing to correct problems found during our previous inspection, management's
admitted failure to make those changes seriously jeopardizes the safety and health of the
people working in their plant," said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA's area director in
Sloss Industries, which operates the world's largest slag wool plant, has 15 business
days from receipt of the citations to contest the violations and proposed penalties before
the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The worksite was
inspected by staff from OSHA's Birmingham Area Office at 950 22nd St., Room 1050;
OSHA operates a vigorous enforcement program, conducting more than 39,000 inspections in
fiscal year 2007 and exceeding its inspection goals in each of the last eight years. In
fiscal year 2007, OSHA found nearly 89,000 violations of its standards and regulations.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for
providing a safe and healthy workplace for their employees. OSHA's role is to promote the
safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards;
providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging
continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit
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