Department of Labor cites company for failing to protect workers

Company cited for failing to protect workers from toxic substances
Department of Labor cites company for failing to protect workers

A Janesville company has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 14 safety violations.

Power Coatings, a company that specializes in powder coating metal parts, has been cited for failing to protect workers from toxic substances, which can cause cancer, lung impairment and other diseases, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report. OSHA has proposed penalties of $51,800 after a December 2013 complaint inspection of Power Coatings’ Janesville facility.

“Workers were exposed daily to dangerous hazards, many of which could be prevented with the use of proper personal protective equipment and respiratory protection,” Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison, said. “The company must identify and correct workplace hazards and provide workers with required safety training.”

The safety violations cited included failing to conduct a personal protective equipment hazard assessment and to provide and require the use of personal protective equipment for skin and eye hazards from methyl ethyl ketone vapors and powder coating dust, according to a U.S. Department of Labor report. Power Coatings did not have a written respiratory protection or hazard communication program and failed to train workers on the programs and hazards found in the workplace. The company failed to conduct air monitoring for methyl ethyl ketone, dust and other respiratory hazards, according a US Department of Labor report.

Power Coatings will have 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. 

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