Recycling Company Cited after a Violation in a Follow-Up Inspection due to Worker Fatality

Recycling Company Cited after a Violation in a Follow-Up Inspection due to Worker Fatality

TAV Holdings Inc. faces $112,212 in proposed penalties.

OSHA cited a Greenville, GA recycling company for its second time where a 44-year-old welder suffered fatal injuries in 2019 from safety violations. The welder was an employee of National Fabricating Services when the fatality occurred on the TAV Holdings Inc. work site. OSHA conducts follow-up inspections when fatalities occur. When investigators went to the site, they found repeat violations.

TAV Holdings failed to ensure that workers went through training before operating telescoping forklifts before placing them in service. OSHA cited the company for similar violations in 2019 after a forklift struck and caused an unsupported beam to fall and fatally injure the welder.

The company recycles and processes nonferrous metals and develops separation technology for the industry. According to a press release, the agency also cited TAV Holdings with eight serious violations for the following hazards:

  • Allowing workers to operate powered industrial trucks without a seat belt and failing to identify load capacities on forklifts.
  • Dismounting powered industrial trucks with the load elevated.
  • Electrical cords and scrap metal on the shop floor in high-traffic areas.
  • Blocked access to fire extinguishers in the welding area and failure to conduct monthly fire extinguisher inspections.
  • Failing to ensure the use of welding curtains during sheet-metal welding.
  • Electrical boxes not designed and installed for outdoor use.

OSHA proposed $112,212 in penalties for violations found in the follow-up inspection.

“Our most recent inspection found that TAV Holdings again disregarded its legal requirement to provide employees with a safe and healthful workplace,” said OSHA Atlanta-West Area Office Director Jeffery Stawowy in Atlanta. “Safety failures cost a worker his life in 2019. The safety culture of the company has to change, and we will continue to monitor and hold the host company accountable until change occurs.”

The company has 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 OSHRC.

About the Author

Shereen Hashem is the Associate Content Editor for Occupational Health & Safety magazine.

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