Asphalt Plant Cited by OSHA Following Fatality

OSHA cited Eureka Stone Quarry Inc., Rushland, Pa., for safety and\r\nhealth violations, proposing a total of $144,200 in penalties.

OSHA cited Eureka Stone Quarry Inc., Rushland, Pa., for safety and health violations, proposing a total of $144,200 in penalties.

Eureka Stone is a unionized asphalt plant employing 55 workers at its Rushland site.

OSHA initiated its investigation of the plant on April 24, in response to a fatality.

An employee, working in a bin, was attempting to break up a clump of fine, wet stone when the material it held gave way and engulfed him.

According to George Tomchick, the company was cited for two willful violations with a penalty of $112,000; and eight serious violations with a $32,200 penalty.

The company was cited with failure to:

  • shut down a conveyer system and immediately contact rescue services after receiving notification that an employee was trapped in a bin;
  • prevent unauthorized entry into a permit-required confined space, and
  • train employees about the hazards associated with permit-required confined spaces.

The serious violations include:

  • a 14-foot, eight-inch fall hazard due to lack of railing or covers on bins;
  • a broken midrail on a platform railing;
  • no standard railing on stairs;
  • no signs or other effective means to identify confined space, and
  • no measures taken to prevent entry into a confined space.

by Virginia Sutcliffe

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