AUSTIN (KXAN) - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 14 violations to Electronic Recycling and Trading Co. after two workers were injured from a combustible dust explosion at the company's work site in Austin.
According to a news release on Monday, the proposed penalties total $60,060.
"Employers must ensure their workplaces are evaluated for hazards and take corrective action before a dangerous incident such as this occurs," said Casey Perkins, OSHA's area director in Austin. "Combustible dust hazards can be controlled by implementing multiple safeguards, such as installing proper exhaust ventilation systems."
The news release said, on Jan. 10 workers were sorting materials on the output conveyor when combustible dust generated by a nearby ring-mill pulverizing machine caused an explosion that sent two workers to the hospital with severe burns.
The safety inspection violations include:
- Failure to provide approved and adequate dust collection and fire suppression systems for the ring mill
- Failure to provide training and certification of forklift operators
- Failure to have specific lockout/tagout and confined space entry procedures
- Failure to provide adequate housekeeping for the control of combustible dust accumulations.
Health violations include:
- Failure to implement a hearing conservation program, such as audiometric testing
- Failure to ensure all work surfaces were free of lead deposits
- Failure to implement a respiratory protection program.
Electronic Recycling and Trading has 15 business days from receipt of citations to comply, request an informal conference with Occupational Safety and Health's Austin Area Office, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, department officials said.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.
A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside a vehicle after the child's family was involved in a fender bender, DPS said.
Austin Police confirm they have located an 82-year-old women who went missing last night.
APD is responding to a 25 vehicle accident near the 5400 block of Ed Bluestein near Thurgood Ave.
A man is dead after being hit by several vehicles in the eastbound lane of Highway 71 Saturday night.
A representative at the Fayette County Sheriff's office said that Fayette County is effectively shut down due to icy conditions.