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Selma brick manufacturer cited for worker safety violations.

US Labor Department cites Selma brick manufacturer for exposing workers to respiratory hazards

U.S. Department of Labor safety investigators recently discovered that a Selma brick manufacturer, Henry Brick Co. Inc., exposed workers to silica crystalline respiratory hazards. These hazards have the potential to lead to serious health issues such as lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and kidney disease.

OSHA citations and penalties

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited Henry Brick Co. Inc. with 11 serious violations and proposed $124,212 in penalties. The violations included:

  • Exposure of workers to airborne concentrations of respirable crystalline silica above permissible levels.
  • Failure to implement engineering controls and work practices to reduce employee exposure to crystalline silica.
  • Lack of effective training on crystalline silica for exposed employees.
  • Failure to provide free medical surveillance to employees exposed to silica.
  • Requiring employees to wear respirators without proper training and fit testing.

Protecting workers from silica exposure

Employers must take precautions to protect their workers from the dangers of crystalline silica exposure. Nearly 2.3 million workers in the U.S. are exposed to silica while on the job, which can lead to debilitating and fatal illnesses. To help safeguard workers, OSHA has issued specific standards for respirable crystalline silica.

Compliance and resources

Henry Brick Co. Inc. has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Employers can visit OSHA’s website for information on developing workplace safety programs and compliance assistance resources.

Protect your employees and ensure a safe working environment by following proper safety measures and regulations. Contact OSHA for assistance in developing respiratory protection programs and complying with safety standards.

Reference: US Labor Department cites Selma brick manufacturer for exposing workers to respiratory hazards that can lead to incurable lung disease

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