OSHA Cites DE Manufacturing Company For Workplace Safety Hazards

                               Delaware City, DE (CompNewsNetwork) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Formosa Plastics Corp. for 27 alleged serious workplace safety and health violations, including exposing workers to combustible dust hazards. Proposed penalties total $133,500.

OSHA initiated an investigation on Oct. 1, 2009, in response to an employee complaint.

The violations include the company's failure to properly contain polyvinyl chloride dust particles, evaluate contractors' safety programs and procedures, properly inspect process equipment, provide fire retardant clothing for employees, require employees to wear adequate eye protection with side shields, provide proper training and provide employees with an infirmary, clinic or person trained in first aid. Additionally, inspectors identified hazards involving a lack of machine guarding, a deficient process safety management program, inadequate lockout/tagout procedures for energy sources and unguarded machinery, floor holes and walkways. OSHA issues a serious citation when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.

"These violations are an indication that the employer needs to make improvements in its safety and health program," said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA's Wilmington, Del., office. "It is imperative that the company eliminate the combustible dust hazards, along with the other violations cited, to protect employees at this facility."

Formosa Plastics Corp. of Delaware City produces plastic resins and petrochemicals and employs 98 workers.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach, education and assistance.

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