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Region 5 News Release: 14-1382-CHI
Aug. 12, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

OSHA inspection finds workers exposed to multiple safety and health hazards
at Joliet, Illinois, chemical distribution company
OSHA cites Seeler Industries Inc. for 19 safety and health violations

JOLIET, Ill. – Exposing workers to hazardous chemicals and chemical particles has resulted in Seeler Industries Inc. being cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 19- including one willful- safety and health violations. The citations carry proposed penalties of $134,400. OSHA initiated an inspection on Feb. 4, 2014, after receiving a complaint alleging hazards at the company's 3 Rivers Terminal in Joliet, which provides storage, transfer and packaging services for bulk liquid and dry chemicals.

OSHA's investigation found Seeler Industries did not provide employees with an effective training program, including information on appropriate handling and safe use of hazardous chemicals. The company's failure to provide this training resulted in the issuance of the willful citation. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

"Workers have the right to know what workplace chemicals they are exposed to and to be protected against exposure, which can have severe health effects," said Kathy Webb, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "Mishandling chemicals can result in catastrophic fires and explosions. It is the employer's responsibility to protect workers from these hazards."

OSHA's investigation also found that Seeler Industries did not implement engineering controls to re