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Ohio Double Fatality Leads to One of Largest OSHA Fines in Years

Aug. 25, 2020, 9:57 PM

Federal workplace safety regulators proposed $1.57 million in fines against an Ohio company that specializes in cleaning large storage tanks after an accident that claimed the lives of two workers in February prompted an on-site inspection.

The penalty levied against Great Lakes Tank and Vessel L.L.C. of Cleveland is the fifth-highest the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued since January 2015—and included a fine for not evaluating the effectiveness of respirators after an attempt had been made to repair them “with tape due to damage” from chemical exposure.

The accident occurred Feb. 20 in the hazardous materials bay at...

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