American Remediation and Environmental Inc. is facing $171,281 in fines for confined space, fire, and explosion hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The company is facing eight serious and one willful violation.
American Remediation and Environmental is a Chunchula, Alabama-based tank cleaning company.
OSHA inspectors determined the company allowed employees to enter a tank without testing for atmospheric hazards.
The company was cited for allowing employees to use a non-explosion proof vacuum in a tank that transported a highly hazardous chemical; failing to provide appropriate personal protective clothing; authorizing employees to enter a permit-required confined space without a retrieval system; and failing to ensure confined space testing and monitoring equipment was properly maintained.