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OSHA has fined Oxford-based Schneider Electric $119,500 for 11 serious violations, including confined space, machinery, and others.

Vapours in an enclosed space may consume a worker, or a lack of oxygen may asphyxiate them if adequate safety precautions are not taken. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 1,030 confined space-related workplace deaths between 2011 and 2018. OSHA fines of $119,757 have been suggested for the business. OSHA determined that Schneider Electric subjected employees to various safety and health threats by failing to classify the ovens as permit-required confined spaces requiring detailed safety protocols before entry. At the main event, the employer often refused to separate natural gas lines and mechanical energy – a procedure known as lockout/Tagout.

OSHA also discovered that the firm lacks an appropriate respiratory protection measure, subjected employees operating on top of the oven to a fall hazard, and lacked employee safety compliance training.

Source: https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region5/03292021

Ammar Khalid

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