HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – U.S. Chutes Corp. faces $94,248 in fines cited for dangerous working conditions. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found employees were exposed to chemical, mechanical, electrical and respiratory hazards during the manufacturing process at its Bantam plant.
“U.S. Chutes’ employees risked illness from toxic chemical exposure and inadequate respiratory safeguards and faced injury from electric shock, lacerations, crushing and burns. Particularly disturbing was that several hazards were similar to those cited by OSHA in November 2009,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director in Hartford. “The company must promptly and effectively correct these conditions because the health and well-being of its employees cannot be compromised.”
An OSHA inspection began on July 10th, 2014. OSHA discovered nine repeated and 15 serious violations including an out-of-date respiratory protection program for employees, no medical evaluations and fit testing for workers who wore respirators, and no hazard analysis to know what protective equipment was needed to protect employees. OHSA also found U.S. Chutes failed to train employees on health hazards and monitoring levels of exposure to a carcinogenic substance.
U.S. Chutes has 15 business days to comply, meet informally with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.