Vernon company fined $59K for workplace violations

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VERNON – OSHA has fined a company for workplace safety violations in the wake of a May fire.

A fire on May 19 lead to OSHA identifying and citing 20 safety and health violations at Soldream, Inc. and proposing fines that total $59,290.

OSHA said in a statement, “A workbench in the finishing room of the facility caught fire on May 19, 2014, while an employee cleaned  titanium aircraft parts. OSHA found that the bench had not been designed or equipped for work with titanium and that the bench and the room’s dust collection system lacked adequate fire and explosion controls.”

Among the most serious violations, the company was found to have bypassed interlock mechanisms on equipment, which allowed them to operate with their access doors open which could have led to workers being caught in the machines.

Additionally, they found flammable titanium dust had also settled on electrical equipment, a  lack of sprinklers and fire safeguards in spray booths where flammable liquid was sprayed on parts, and  employees without proper training on fire extinguishers.

OSHA also found the company did not prepare for or ensure the use of protections for employee, chemicals were not properly labelled, and workers did not know how hazardous the chemicals could be.

Soldream has 15 days to respond to the findings.

 

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