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Region 5 News Release: 12-1563-CHI
Aug. 07, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:            312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Heritage-WTI for deficiencies in process
safety management program, other violations; fines total $126,000

EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Heritage-WTI Inc., a hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility in East Liverpool, with 11 health violations, including one willful for failing to review and annually certify operating procedures for the process safety management of hazardous chemicals. Proposed fines total $126,000.

OSHA initiated a health inspection in February under the agency's National Emphasis Program for PSM Covered Chemical Facilities as a follow-up to a December 2011 safety inspection. The December inspection, which resulted in citations for nine safety violations, was conducted after a worker was killed at the facility by a metal dust deflagration that occurred while he was manually separating the contents of 55-gallon drums containing metal wastes and residue.

"Employers must provide safe working conditions, especially for employees who work with highly hazardous chemicals," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "These citations basically mean that Heritage-WTI failed to create safety procedures and then review those procedures to ensure their effectiveness."

A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Ten serious safety violations involve failing to conduct a process hazard analysis on the kiln, pr