The U.S Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited both Emcor Group Inc. (Emcor Government Services) and EEC Inc. for serious safety violations. These violations occurred during an inspection at a building in Washington, D.C. after three workers were hospitalized with serious burns from a flash fire that occurred inside ductwork.Emcor Government Services was cited for six serious violations, including: failing to control flammable vapors, failing to address hazards associated with working in confined spaced, failing to identify precautions during hot work operations, failing to ensure safe performance of welding operations in a flammable atmosphere, and failing to ensure the use of approved electrical equipment in a flammable atmosphere. These citations carry a total fine of $35,000.
EEC, Inc. has been cited with sixteen serious violations with a total fine of $25,200. Some of EEC, Inc.’s serious violations include failing to: properly use a ladder and store highly flammable material, control flammable vapors, identify precautions during hot work operations, perform a hazard assessment to determine correct personal protective equipment, recognize hazards associated with working in confined spaces, ensure workplace safety during welding operations in a flammable atmosphere, and provide hazardous communication training and ensure the use of approved electrical equipment in a flammable atmosphere.
A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard. The OSHA area director stated, “Confined spaces are commonly characterized by toxic, oxygen-deficient or flammable atmospheres that can be deadly for employees working in those spaces. No worker should ever enter a confined space until the atmosphere has been tested, atmospheric hazards have been eliminated or proper respiratory protection is supplied and used, and adequate rescue procedures are in place.”
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