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Dozens of hazards found at Pa. recycling company

November 2, 2012
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OSHAOSHA has cited Donald R. Klein, doing business as Vortex Recycling Inc., for 27 violations of safety and health standards, including 25 serious ones. Proposed penalties total $58,000.

The serious violations include a variety of fall, electrical and struck-by hazards; using equipment that is improperly installed, identified and located; improperly maintaining emergency eyewash stations, shower facilities and portable fire extinguishers; having unguarded machinery; crane deficiencies; a lack of proper housekeeping procedures for areas around plant equipment; and failing to develop programs for energy control, hearing conservation, permit-required confined spaces and hazard communication. The citations carry $51,700 in penalties.

The repeat violation involves failing to remove defective or unsafe powered industrial trucks from service. A similar violation was cited in 2008.  The other-than-serious violation is having unsanitary eating areas.

The oil filter recycler employs 20 workers at its New Castle facility.

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