AZZ Galvanizing Services in Richland, MS, is facing fines of $78,500 for 22 safety and health violations following an inspection that began in December 2011 after Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials received a complaint.

Parent company, AZZ Inc., headquartered in Fort Worth, TX, offers corrosion protective services.

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Seventeen serious safety and health violations include failing to conduct inspections of lockout/tagout procedures; protect workers from trip and fall hazards; ensure the use of seatbelts while operating a powered industrial truck; provide adequate signage for permit-required confined spaces; mark the maximum load capacity for cranes; protect employees from live electrical parts and hot surfaces; and provide a hearing conservation program. Additional violations involve damaged and unmarked hook lifting devices, a defective powered industrial truck, an emergency eye wash station with pressure exceeding the maximum allowable pounds per square inch, flexible cords used as permanent wiring and unapproved electrical cords in wet locations.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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Citations carrying no monetary penalties for five other-than-serious safety and health violations, include failing to provide appropriate warning labels on hazardous chemicals, use electrical equipment properly and provide adequate exit signage, as well as allowing electrical cords to run through a hole in a ceiling, windows and doorways. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

“Our inspection found serious hazards that reflect management’s neglect of maintenance and safety procedures,” said Clyde Payne, OSHA’s area director in Jackson. “Employees have the right to expect a workplace free from hazards that could endanger their lives.”

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