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Region 6 News Release: 08-823-DAL
June 13, 2008
Contact: Diana Petterson Elizabeth Todd
Phone: 972-850-4709 972-850-4710


U.S. Department of Labor's OSHA fines U.S. Oil Recovery in Pasadena, Texas, more than $50,000 for alleged safety violations

PASADENA, Texas -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited U.S. Oil Recovery and proposed penalties totaling $54,000 for alleged safety violations.

OSHA issued the citations alleging twenty-three serious and two other-than-serious violations following an investigation that began Jan. 3 at the company's facility in Pasadena. U.S. Oil Recovery, which specializes in sludge management services to refineries, cleaning and hauling services for oil waste products and the storage of universal and non-hazardous wastes, employs about 25 workers at the Pasadena location.

"In order to avoid workplace injuries, employers must follow OSHA's health and safety standards, said Dean McDaniel, OSHA's regional administrator in Dallas. "The inspection revealed that the company failed to do this."

Serious violations include failing to: provide machine guarding on belts and pulleys; identify confined spaces as well as having a procedure for summoning rescue personnel during confined space entries; provide energy control procedures; and provide adequate washing facilities for employees working with corrosives. A serious violation is one with potenti