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Sunday, March 09, 2014

OSHA, EPA Reach Agreement With AL Solutions

In June of 2011 OSHA cited AL Solutions Inc. following an explosion and fire at the company's New Cumberland, West Virginia facility that caused the deaths of three workers. Citations for one willful, 16 serious and one other-than-serious violation.

The willful citation was for the company's use of an unsafe water sprinkler system with flammable metals, which created an explosion hazard.

Serious violations included the company's failure to:
  • provide a properly designed gas detection system for hydrogen;
  • provide over-pressure protection;
  • safely store flammable metals;
  • provide safe egress;
  • provide appropriate personal protective equipment;
  • ensure the safe use of forklifts;
  • provide hazard communication training.
The other-than-serious violation was the company's failure to maintain required record keeping by not completing OSHA Form 301, the Injury and Illness Incident Report.

The total proposed fines were $154,000.

An article in the Weirton Day Times announces a settlement between OSHA, the EPA, and AL Solutions. The settlement agreement includes payment of a $100,000 civil penalty to the EPA and a $97,000 penalty to the U.S. Department of Labor.  Addition terms of the settlement reported in the artcle include:

"Among other things, the settlement requires AL Solutions to process or dispose of approximately 10,000 drums, or 2.4 million pounds, of titanium and zirconium being stored at its New Cumberland and Weirton facilities by December."

Read the complete story here.

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