Hazardous Waste Tanks Lead to Firm's $122,760 Fine

OSHA inspectors found that workers were exposed to respiratory and confined space hazards while cleaning waste tanks used to store petroleum hydrocarbons at a job site in Channahon, Ill.

OSHA has cited Future Environmental Inc. of Mokena, Ill., for one willful health and nine serious safety violations. OSHA inspectors found that workers were exposed to respiratory and confined space hazards while cleaning waste tanks used to store petroleum hydrocarbons at a job site in Channahon, Ill. Proposed fines total $122,760.

"Failing to identify hazards, provide appropriate personal protective equipment, and monitor workers puts them at an unacceptable risk for injury or illness," said Gary Anderson, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "Employers have a responsibility to ensure that work environments are healthful and safe."

One willful health violation with $69,300 in fines was cited for failure to ventilate to eliminate or control respiratory hazards and failing to provide continuous atmospheric monitoring of permit required confined spaces during entry.

Nine serious safety violations with $53,460 in fines involve failing to provide personal protective equipment; failing to identify and evaluate respiratory hazards; fit test and conduct medical evaluations for respirator use; and train employees in permit-required confined space procedures, including rescue member training and notification; and utilizing rescue entry equipment.

Future Environmental is a used oil collection company and provider of integrated environmental services.

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