OSHA cites Georgia oil recycler for alleged hazards
that led to fatality
Joe Sikes Oil Service of Jefferson,
Georgia has been cited by OSHA for exposing workers to safety
and health hazards that contributed to a fatal accident June 19.
Proposed penalties total $30,400.
The company allegedly failed
to check the flammability of incoming waste oil and to properly
recycle it. According to OSHA, equipment for these operations
had been inoperable for at least two years.
An explosion, which occurred
while waste oil was being transferred from a storage tank to a
tanker truck, killed one employee.
OSHA issued 22 citations against
the company, including allegedly failing to inspect storage vessels,
lack of emergency training and equipment, defective or inadequate
storage tank equipment, and improper storage of hazardous chemicals.