A materials processing facility in Harvey, Louisiana drew a fine of more than $110,000 for exposing its workers to hazardous and unhealthy conditions, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced November 9.
The agency's area director, Dorinda Folse, said the site's owner, U.S. Minerals, has been the subject of OSHA's attention before.
"This is not the first time this company has jeopardized the safety of its employees. OSHA's safety and health standards must be followed to prevent injuries and accidents," Folse said.
The agency cites 20 "serious" violations at the Harvey site, including numerous failures to enforce the use of safety equipment like eye and ear protection. In addition, explosive materials like propane were not being handled in OSHA-approved ways, which are designed to protect them from damage. OSHA describes a serious violation as one an employer should have known could easily cause serious injury or death.
Given such risks, employees at sites like this one would do well to invest in a life insurance policy, in case the worst should happen.