U.S. Pipe and Foundry Co. is facing $54,160 in fines after a worker fell through an open hatch into a cement mixer silo, said officials at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA).

Inspectors found the company failed to provide adequate rescue equipment, and protect workers from fall hazards.

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Back in July, firefighters rescued the worker who fell inside an industrial cement mixer at a Union City pipe company July 12, authorities said.

The man fell into a large hopper of dry cement at U.S. Pipe and Foundry in Union City at 1295 Whipple Road, Alameda County Fire Department spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said at the time.

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Firefighters had placed the man in a harness to keep him from sinking further into the cement while crews drained the cement from the bottom of the hopper.

After two hours, the worker was pulled out from the cement. Afterward, he was able to walk down the stairs along the side of the tower to waiting paramedics.

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