Onyx Industrial Services, Inc., of Nitro, W.Va., was cited for multiple violations after OSHA investigations found two Onyx employees engulfed in lime slurry while inside a tank at the American Electric Power generating station in Cheshire. The power company hired Onyx to perform maintenance.
Among the citations issued to the company was a willful citation for failing to implement confined space entry conditions, exposing employees to engulfment and entrapment hazards.
Alleged serious violations included:
- failing to provide adequate personal protective equipment;
- failing to provide training on the hazardous conditions of entering a confined space; and
- failure to identify rescue and emergency services for workers.