OSHA Enforcement ActivityCovanta Energy Bristol Inc. in Bristol, Conn. Faces $80,100 in fines after an OSHA inspection conducted in response to a complaint.

The agency cited the plant for 16 serious violations of workplace safety and health standards. These included:

  • allowing combustible dust to accumulate on ledges, conduits, floors, guardrails, work platforms and catwalks;
  • failing to determine employees' exposure level to ash containing toxic metals such as lead, cadmium and arsenic;
  • inadequate training and protective clothing for an employee performing testing on live electrical parts;
  • inadequate safeguards for employees working in confined spaces;
  • lack of an emergency eyewash for employees working with batteries;
  • fall, fork truck, air pressure and mechanical hazards.

The facility processes 650 tons per day of solid waste into 16.3 megawatts of renewable energy.