SELMA, AL—The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Globe Metallurgical Inc.—based in Beverly, OH—for personal protective equipment violations after an employee suffered fatal injuries at a facility in Selma, AL.
OSHA inspectors determined that the employee suffered fatal burns after an explosion from a molten silicon spill. OSHA cited the company for failing to inspect and maintain the safety of walking and working surfaces; assess work operations to determine the types of personal protective equipment needed; and ensure employees used personal protective equipment. The company faces $25,868 in penalties, the maximum allowed.
Globe Metallurgical Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and proposed penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance.