DOVER, OH — The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Dover Chemical Company for 47 health and safety violations — including four willful — after an unexpected release of hazardous materials led to the temporary shutdown of the company's Dover plant and an adjacent highway in May, according to a press release.
OSHA opened an investigation focused on the agency's standards for process safety management, known as PSM, at facilities that use highly hazardous chemicals, and has proposed fines totaling $545,000, the release stated.
According to the release, due to the nature of the hazards and the willful violations cited, Dover Chemical has been placed in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.
"By disregarding OSHA's commonsense regulations, this employer endangered the health and safety of the facility's workers," said Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary of labor for occupational safety and health.
"While I'm grateful that nobody was injured from the incident, I'm alarmed by the egregious nature of the violations we uncovered during our inspection," Michaels added.
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