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Railcar Firm Cited for Blasting Issues

Thursday, November 19, 2015

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A railcar service and repair company faces $23,000 in fines for health and safety violations after inspectors discovered several issues related to the company’s sandblasting procedures.

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Eagle Railcar Services for those issues on Oct. 30, but the agency said the events that led to those citations occurred earlier this year.

OSHA officials first learned about the alleged violations during May 27 and June 11 inspections to the railcar company’s Cairo, OH, facility, according to the citations and inspection detail on the agency’s website.

Among the issues, OSHA inspectors allegedly found two serious violations related to respirator safety during sandblasting; two serious violations for noise levels; and one serious violation for blasting particle exposure.

About the Company

In addition to its Cairo facility, Eagle has three railcar repair and maintenance locations in Texas. The company’s corporate offices, according to its website, are in Eastland, TX.

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OSHA has fined Eagle Railcar Services $23,000 for several sandblasting-related violations at the company's Cairo, OH, railcar maintenance and repair facility.

Eagle’s services include inspection, railcar storage, cleaning, painting and lining, damage repair and both in-house and mobile repairs, its website says. The company also offers hazardous and non-hazardous material emergency response services.

“Eagle Railcar believes that safety is an essential business practice and places priority on safety and training,” according to the homepage on its website.

OSHA inspection detail shows that the company has received one other citation for four violations in 2011. In that case, Eagle was charged with two serious and two other-than-serious violations at its Roscoe facility. Both serious violations later were dismissed and Eagle paid $5,760 for the two other-than-serious violations.

Citation Detail

In the most recent citation, OSHA cited Eagle for:

  • Failing to ensure sandblasting workers wore respirators that fit tightly, $3,000;
  • Allowing sandblasting workers to wear facial hair that interfered with their respirators and not providing adequate training regarding facial hair and respirator use, $3,000;
  • Exposing sandblasting workers to 103.2 dBA of noise instead of the required maximum of 85 dBA during an eight-hour shift, $7,000;
  • Failing to provide hearing testing for sandblasting employees exposed to high noise levels, $7,000; and
  • Exposing sandblasting employees to significantly higher levels of particulates not otherwise regulated (PNOR) than allowed during an eight-hour period and failing to have adequate engineering and/or administrative controls to reduce PNOR, $3,000.

Eagle did not respond to a voicemail message left Wednesday (Nov. 18) seeking comment.

   

Tagged categories: Abrasive blasting; Blasting; Health & Safety; Health and safety; North America; OSHA; OSHA; Rail; Railcars; Violations

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