Thorpe Specialty Services Corp., operating as Thorpe Plant Services Inc., and Steel Dust Recycling LLC are facing fines for fall and confined space hazards after an employee was hospitalized following a 30-foot fall at Steel Dust’s Millport, Alabama, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Thorpe Plant Services faces $175,528 in proposed penalties; Steel Dust’s faces $28,270 in fines.
OSHA cited Thorpe the maximum allowable penalty for exposing employees to fall hazards.
Investigators 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.
OSHA also cited Steel Dust for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to implement their permit space entry program, and not advising Thorpe the required work involved a permit space entry.
“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.