March 2006

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.


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