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When a confined space has one or more hazardous characteristics that could harm workers itrsquos considered a permitrequired confined space That means employers must control access to the area and use a permit system to prevent unauthorized entry Anyone working in or around a permitrequired confined space must be trained and there must be safety measures and rescue procedures in place

OSHA Cites Thorpe Specialty Services After Worker Falls 30 Feet

Sept. 5, 2018
Two companies cited for confined space and fall hazards.

Two Alabama employers face more than $20,000 in penalties after a worker was hospitalized following a 30-ft. fall.

OSHA investigated Thorpe Specialty Services Corp, operating as Thorpe Plant Services Inc., and Steel Dust Recycling LLC following the incident.

“Both companies’ failure to comply with fall prevention requirements led to a serious injury that could have been prevented,” said OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director Ramona Morris in a statement.

OSHA cited Thorpe the maximum allowable penalty for exposing employees to fall hazards.

The agency also cited the company for failing to conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing employees to enter a confined space; failing to develop a permit prior to employees entering a confined space; and to ensure emergency services were provided when employees entered a permit-required confined space. Thorpe's citations total $175,528.

OSHA cited Steel Dust for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to implement their permit space entry program and not advising Thorpe that the required work involved a permit space entry, according to the agency. Steel Dust proposed penalties total $28,270.

Both companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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