Alfa Laval’s Oklahoma plant has been issued nearly $500,000 in fines after OSHA found 50 violations, several of them repeat, at the international manufacturer’s facility. Federal investigators found five repeated and 45 serious violations, including inadequate protection of workers from machinery, a lack of respiratory equipment and training for hazardous chemicals. According to an OSHA release, Alfa Laval had no procedure to prevent machines from starting during maintenance or service, and failed to maintain written fire protection and emergency management plans. OSHA levied a $218,500 penalty for the repeated violations that it had cited the employer for in 2010 and 2011, and an additional $259,400 for the serious violations. OSHA has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Alfa Laval is a global provider of heat transfer, centrifugal separation and fluid handling products and employs about 220 people at the cited plant.
Read the full release from OSHA here.