Plant Services Co Cited for Fall and Confined Space Hazards Violations

Source: OSHA

MILLPORT, AL – OSHA has cited Thorpe Specialty Services Corp. – operating as Thorpe Plant Services Inc. – and Steel Dust Recycling LLC for fall and confined space hazards after an employee was hospitalized following a 30-foot fall at Steel Dust’s Millport, Alabama, facility.

Thorpe Plant Services faces $175,528 in proposed penalties; Steel Dust’s penalties total $28,270.

OSHA cited Thorpe the maximum allowable penalty for exposing employees to fall hazards.

The Agency also cited the company for failing:

  • To conduct atmospheric monitoring before allowing employees to enter a confined space;
  • To develop a permit prior to employees entering a confined space; and
  • To ensure emergency services were provided when employees entered a permit-required confined space.

OSHA cited Steel Dust for exposing employees to fall hazards, failing to implement their permit space entry program, and not advising Thorpe that the required work involved a permit space entry.

OSHA Birmingham Area Office Director, Ramona Morris, said that “the failure of both companies to comply with fall prevention requirements led to a serious injury that could have been prevented.”