Employer fined after messy chemical spill clean-up
OSHA penalized the hot-dip galvanizing company, which is owned by Omaha, Neb.-based Valmont Industries, Inc., following an inspection that began last Aug. 31. Valmont Coatings, which employs more than 3,000 workers â€” about 100 of which are located in Claremore â€” was hit with one alleged willful and eight alleged serious violations for exposing employees to sulfuric acid during a clean-up spill from the rupture of a storage tank.
The alleged willful violation â€” issued by OSHA when an employer either knew that a condition constituted a violation or was aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to correct it â€” was for failing to provide personal protective equipment to employees who responded to the acid spill.
The alleged serious citations included a long list of shortcomings:
The company has 15 working days to comply with or contest the citations.