Forty-seven and 545,000. The first number is how many health and safety violations Dover Chemical Corp was cited for after an investigation into an accidental release of hazardous materials at its plant in Dover, Ohio last May. The second is the amount in fines that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed against the company.
According to the Times-Reporter, the incident did not result in any injuries, however it did temporarily shut down the facility and an adjacent highway. It also landed Dover Chemical Corp on OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which will require the company to undergo mandatory follow-up inspections to ensure the plant adheres to safety regulations.
The news source reports that the accident was caused by a breach in a polyvinyl chloride piping system and a failure to follow standards for process safety management mandated for facilities that deal with hazardous chemicals.
"By disregarding OSHA's common-sense regulations, this employer endangered the health and safety of the facility's workers," Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health, told the Times-Reporter. "While I'm grateful that nobody was injured from the incident, I'm alarmed by the egregious nature of the violations we uncovered during our inspection."
It is fortunate that there were no injuries – or worse yet, fatalities – as a result of this accident. However, companies cannot rely on luck when it comes to worker safety. Online OSHA training, on the other hand, can help to prepare employees for potential hazards they may face on the job. It also provides business owners and managers with the opportunity to assess an individual's knowledge of safety procedures and aptitude for the rigors of any assignment.
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