The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Marshall Pottery Inc. in Marshall, Texas, have reached a settlement agreement including a penalty of $545,160, after the death of an assistant plant manager.
The federal agency reported that on April 16, 2017, investigators determined that the manager was servicing a kiln and became trapped inside when it activated. The company was cited for six willful violations and 21 serious violations. Citations were issued following OSHA’s investigation into failures to implement confined space and lockout/tagout programs.
The company had been cited in 2008 for similar violations, following the workplace death of another employee.
The company had 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Upon receipt of the citations and penalties, the company scheduled an informal conference with the OSHA area director. At the meeting, OSHA and the company reached a settlement. As part of the settlement, the company also agreed to abate the violations.
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