PaintSquare.com


The First Word in Protective & Marine Coatings

A Product of Technology Publishing / PaintSquare
JPCL | PaintSquare News | Durability + Design | Paint BidTracker

Get Paint BidTracker's Water Facility Painting Opportunities of 2015

Paint and Coatings Industry News

Main News Page


Coating Firm Fined $74K in Fire

Monday, November 26, 2012

More items for Health & Safety

Comment | More

A Connecticut urethane coatings maker is facing federal citations and $74,000 in fines after a fire in August left four workers hospitalized.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Uretek Archer LLC, of New Haven, for four serious and two repeat violations. The fire occurred as employees used a toluene cleaner on a coating machine, authorities said.

The company did not respond Wednesday (Nov. 21) to a request for comment. The company provides custom-engineered polyurethane coatings for fabrics and composites in the defense, aerospace, health-care, and other sectors.

Repeat Violations

The two repeat citations, each of which carries a $30,000 fine, allege that the company:

  • Did not periodically inspect its energy control procedures; and
  • Did not develop document or use sufficient procedures to control hazardous energy when employees were cleaning the machine.
Uretek government & defense capabilities
Uretek

The company provides custom-engineered polyurethane coatings for fabrics and composites in the defense, government, aerospace, health-care, and other sectors.

OSHA said the company did not have a system of shutting down machines and making sure their power sources were locked out while being cleaned, as OSHA standards require.

OSHA cited the company for similar violations in 2008, when it paid $5,525 in fines for four serious violations, according to OSHA records. The agency also assessed one other-than-serious citation that carried no fine in that case.

OSHA also issued one other-than-serious citation, without a fine, against the company after an inspection triggered by a complaint in 2009, the agency's records show.

Serious Violations

The serious citations allege:

  • An inoperable fire alarm system;
  • Inadequate precautions against potential ignition sources while employees were using flammable solvents;
  • Improperly grounded machinery;
  • Lack of assessment to determine employees' needs for personal protective equipment; and
  • Failure to train employees on fire extinguishers.

"Uretek Archer must ensure that fire alarm systems are operable, machines are properly grounded, and protective equipment is available to all employees, among a host of other potentially lifesaving fire precautions," Robert Kowalski, OSHA's area director in Bridgeport, said in a statement Tuesday (Nov. 20).

The company has 15 business days to contest the findings.

   

Tagged categories: Coatings manufacturers; Health and safety; OSHA; Personal protective equipment; Solvent and chemical cleaning

Comment Join the Conversation:

Sign in to our community to add your comments.

Clemco Industries Corp.
Powerful Protection in a Small Package

Mounts inside blast helmet, alerts operator to dangerous breathing-air condition by audible, visual, and vibratory alarms. Easily calibrated, battery operated.


Bullard

The Next Generation
of Blasting

• Lightest
• Coolest
• Most Comfortable
• Most Dependable


ABKaelin, LLC
Quality is our bottom line

Services include:
• Environmental, Health &
  Safety
• Contractor QP Certification
• Quality Assurance Programs
  and Auditing
• SSPC C3/C5 and other
  Training
• Coatings
• Design/Construction
See our website at abkaelin.com or contact us today abkaelin@comcast.com


PaintSquare
SSPC 2014 Product Demos

Watch product demos by SSPC 2014 exhibitors. Check them out now!


Carboline Company
Hyrdrocarbon Fire & Jet Fire Protection

Pyroclad X1 is the latest breakthrough in epoxy based intumescent fireproofing technology


Barton International
East Coast Shipyard Cut Blasting Costs 30% with BARTON

A comparison trial convinced this shipyard that they could realize significant savings by switching to Barton’s garnet instead of coal or copper slag.
Watch the video now.


Novatek Corporation
Dustless Coatings Removal

Strip it, clean it, and profile it,
all dust free! High production
rates and Blast like finishes.
Comply with new lead
standards.

 
 
 
Technology Publishing

The Technology Publishing Network

The Journal of Protective Coatings & Linings (JPCL) PaintSquare
Durability + Design Paint BidTracker JPCL Europe

 
EXPLORE:      JPCL   |   PaintSquare News   |   Interact   |   Buying Guides   |   Webinars   |   Resources   |   Classifieds
REGISTER AND SUBSCRIBE:      Free PaintSquare Registration   |   Subscribe to JPCL   |   Subscribe to PaintSquare News
MORE:      About PaintSquare.com   |   Privacy policy   |   Terms & conditions   |   Site Map   |   Search   |   Contact Us
 

© Copyright 2000-2014, Technology Publishing / PaintSquare, All rights reserved
2100 Wharton Street, Suite 310, Pittsburgh PA 15203-1951; Tel 1-412-431-8300; Fax 1-412-431-5428; E-mail webmaster@paintsquare.com