Dozens of hazards found at Pa. recycling company
OSHA 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.