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Region 4 News Release: 14-1083-ATL (156)
June 24, 2014
Contact: Michael D'Aquino    Lindsay Williams
Phone:     678-237-0630
Email: d'aquino.michael@dol.gov    williams.lindsay.l@dol.gov

Alabama insulation manufacturer cited for repeat and serious violations after
US Department of Labor OSHA inspection

PHENIX CITY, Ala. – Industrial Insulation Group LLC was cited for five serious safety and health violations following an inspection by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. The violations include failing to protect workers from the dangers of caustic chemicals. The agency began the inspection after receiving a complaint in January 2014 concerning these hazardous working conditions. Proposed penalties total $41,800.

"It is troubling to know that while this employer initially corrected the hazard after OSHA issued a previous citation, it did not maintain the necessary safety standards. Although, this employer knew to provide eyewash and a shower for employees working with caustic chemicals, it continued to expose workers to the same hazard," said Joseph Roesler, OSHA's area director in Mobile.

One repeat violation, carrying a penalty of $27,500, was cited for failing to provide workers exposed to gamma-aminopropyltriethoxysilane with an eyewash station and a shower. Gamma-aminopropyltriethoxysilane can cause irritation and damage to the eyes, skin and kidneys. The repeat violation relates to a substantially similar violation cited at this facility in February 2013. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states with