OSHA fines Midland-Davis on safety issues; recycler to appeal


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Posted Online: July 03, 2013, 6:00 pm
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By Stephen Elliott, selliott@qconline.com
MOLINE -- A Moline recycling center has been fined $64,680 for 19 safety violations after an April inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Midland Davis Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and notice of proposed penalties to contest them before the independent OSHA review commission.

Mitch Davis, the company's vice president, said Wednesday Midland will appeal the fines.

"We intend to question them (OSHA) on this," Mr. Davis said. "Everything they cited us for has already been fixed and taken care of. It was nothing life threatening or anything like this.

"An example is we have a magnet on a crane that picks up iron all day. We got fined because the tag from the manufacturer isn't on the magnet.

"There was nothing blatant. I wouldn't ask any of our people here to do anything I wouldn't do myself."

Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Peoria, said in a news release that "failing to conduct periodic inspections and remove damaged equipment creates an atmosphere in which workers are vulnerable to injury on the job.

"By failing to correct previous deficiencies, Midland Davis has demonstrated a lack of commitment to employee safety and health."

According to OSHA, Midland Davis was cited for two repeat safety violations for failing to conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures and failing to train and evaluate each power industrial vehicle operator.

The same violation was cited in April 2012 at the company's Pekin facility, according to OSHA.

A total of 13 serious safety violations includes lack of fall protection for employees working on elevated platforms, lack of machine guarding and failure to remove damaged vehicles and other equipment from service.

"I believe in being safe," Mr. Davis said. "We train our people."




















 



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