OSHA issued citations for nine serious and two other violations to PPG Industries’ Westlake facility, after an employee complaint, proposed penalties total $92,642. Inspectors found employees of the global chemical manufacturer exposed to hazards such as corrosive materials and a leaking, 30,000-gallon hot water tank. OSHA also cited the company for: failing to inspect lock out/tag out procedures; not inspecting safety relief valves; allowing the use of deteriorated stair rails; and lacking a hazard assessment for confined space entry. The agency also identified two other violations issued for not illuminating exit signs and not having a protective cover on a junction box to prevent electric shock.
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