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Fine shows OSHA is serious about combustible dust crackdown

An Alabama company faces one willful violation from OSHA for allowing explosive dust to accumulate on machinery and the shop floor.

OSHA investigated M&B Metal Products in Leeds, AL, after a roof collapse at the manufacturing plant.

M&B faces 44 alleged safety and health violations

The willful violation for accumulation of explosive paper dust comes with a $44,000 fine. The company also faces another $117,950 for 42 serious violations, including exposing employees to struck-by, electrical and noise hazards. It was also cited for one other-than-serious violation.

Oak Mountain Construction Co., which was performing repairs on the roof support system when it collapsed, received two serious safety violations with $5,000 in penalties for exposing employees to fall hazards and not conducting inspections to identify fall and roof collapse hazards.

In March, OSHA reissued its Combustible Dust National Emphasis Program to increase enforcement within specific industries that have experienced frequent dust fires and explosions.

For more information about combustible dust safety from OSHA, click here.

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