Durcon Inc., a chemical resistant coatings manufacturer, has been issued citations for 35 safety and health violations. Responding to a complaint, OSHA inspectors found violations including workers exposed to silica, to being struck by falling loads; failing to provide workers with personal protective equipment and effective respiratory protection; combustible waste materials soaked with flammable liquids stored in improper receptacles; and failing to implement a confined spaces program.
Among the many violations, inspectors found that workers in the slab stripping department were required to measure the thickness and perform sanding operations on countertops being suspended from vacuum lifting devices. These countertops can weigh up to approximately 450 pounds. Employees were walking under and in close proximity to the suspended countertops and are exposed to the hazard of being struck by it should it fall. The four vacuum lifting devices received no annual inspection nor was there any auxiliary support mechanism in place while work was being performed.
Proposed penalties exceed $460K.