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Dallas-Based Metal Recycler Fined $312K for Serious Health and Safety Violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) under the U.S. Department of Labor cited Venture Metals LLC, after an employee who suffered injury from falling pipes was hospitalized. The Dallas-based metal recycler was fined $311,580 in penalties for repeated health and safety violations. The company has 15 business days from official date of receipt of the citations, to respond to the charges.

The inspection carried out by OSHA officials determined that the company failed to implement necessary measures to control harmful chemical exposure and train workers in lockout/ tagout procedures. The inspection also revealed that the company failed to follow confined space entry permit procedures. According to Basil Singh, Dallas Area Office Director, OSHA, the company has repeatedly disregarded safety and health procedures. OSHA had cited the company for similar violations in 2016, Singh noted.

Employers were not provided necessary information and training on hazardous chemicals in their workplaces. Further, it did not implement a monitoring program when employees’ exposure to harmful chemicals including lead and cadmium exceeded permitted limits. Also, hearing protectors were nor provided.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are entitled to provide safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA works towards ensuring these conditions by setting standards, providing training, education and assistance.

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