OSHA Fines St. Louis Company $121,000 for Safety Violations

August 9, 2011
Companies are required by law to provide employees with a safe work environment at all times–when companies violate safety regulations, the fines can be expensive. A St. Louis, Missouri manufacturer, American Pulverizer Co., is feeling pinched in the pocketbook after the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) fined the company nearly $121,000 for almost forty different safety and health violations.
According to News Channel 5 KSDK, an OSHA inspection began in February of this year after reports of unsafe electrical equipment were made. The company was cited for one repeat offense after not complying with an October 2006 violation from a lack of grounding continuity in some of the electrical equipment, and was also cited for 31 serious violations of code and one other-than-serious infraction.
Serious violations were filed concerning:

  • Heavy equipment safety involving industrial sized cranes and trucks
  • Storage of flammable liquids and gases
  • Lockout and tagout of energy sources
  • Housekeeping violations
  • Machine guarding

The other-than-serious infraction involved bookkeeping related to safety and health at the workplace.
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