Rochester solid waste collection company Heberle Disposal Service Inc. is facing additional fines of $304,200 from the U.S. Department of Laborâ€™s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for failing to correct hazards cited in 2008, OSHA officials said Monday.
During a June 2008 inspection of its Alvanar Road work site, Heberle was cited by OSHA for 12 serious violations, OSHA officials said. A follow-up investigation this year found five of the 12 hazards were uncorrected.
The hazards include improper transfer of flammable liquids, not ensuring that employees are competent to operate industrial trucks, not informing and training employees about hazardous chemicals in their workplace, allowing spark-producing equipment near flammable paint sprays, and not determining an employeeâ€™s medical fitness to wear a respirator, officials said.
â€œThe sizeable fines proposed here reflect the gravity of this employerâ€™s ongoing failure to correct clear and recognized hazards that could result in burns, crushing injuries or death for its employees,â€ said Arthur Dube, OSHAâ€™s area director in Buffalo.
Heberle has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, officials said.
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