OSHA Cites Metallurgical Processing for Multiple Hazards

The agency has proposed $77.000 in penalties for 24 serious violations.

OSHA announced an enforcement action against Metallurgical Processing Inc. after investigators found workers were exposed to a variety of fire, explosion, chemical and mechanical hazards. at its New Britain, Conn., facility, which performs heat treatment on metal parts.

The hazards included not training and providing protective clothing and tools to employees who performed live electrical work; not inspecting a piping system carrying anhydrous ammonia; lack of a pressure relief valve on a nitrogen tank; and improper storage of incompatible chemicals and combustible materials.

"To ensure the health and well-being of its employees, Metallurgical Products Inc. must address and correct these hazards immediately," said Warren Simpson, OSHA's area director in Hartford. "Employers need to be proactive about safeguarding their employees against work-related hazards. It's not just good policy, it is good business."

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