OSHA Pounds American Pulverizer Co. for Electrical, Repeat Violations

The serious violations address hazards associated with cranes, lockout/tagout of energy sources, and powered industrial trucks.

OSHA has cited St. Louis-based manufacturer American Pulverizer Co. for one repeat, 31 serious, and one other-than-serious safety violation. OSHA's inspection of the reduction equipment manufacturing facility was initiated in February under a local emphasis program focused on electrical safety in general industry establishments. Proposed penalties total $121,100.

"There is no excuse for such lack of attention to hazards in the work environment," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to provide a safe workplace for all employees in order to prevent needless injuries or worse."

The repeat violation relates to a lack of grounding continuity in electrical equipment. A similar violation was cited in October 2006.

The serious violations address hazards associated with cranes, lockout/tagout of energy sources, powered industrial trucks, electrical equipment, flammable liquids and gas, welding, housekeeping, and machine guarding.

The other-than-serious violation involves a record-keeping deficiency.

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