A horrific accident that killed a worker in March 2011 has led to $186,300 in fines for Refuse Recycling, based in Marietta.
Inspectors from OSHA were called to the plant after an employee was found dead inside a rotating drum that screens recyclables from other refuse. They determined that the company had failed to use “lockout/tagout” procedures designed to prevent equipment from accidentally starting during maintenance.
That netted two willful violations for Refuse Recycling.
But that was just the beginning. OSHA inspectors found more problems the more they looked. The result: 14 additional serious violations, covering a variety of hazards ranging from failing to provide proper machine guards to not having an exposure control plan for blood-borne pathogens.
OSHA also cited the company for five other-than-serious violations, including using work areas for storage and safety documentation issues.
The sheer volume and severity of the violations landed Refuse Recycling in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program (SVEP), the administration’s harshest oversight level that’s reserved for only the worst offenders.