BATON ROUGE, La. (April 13, 2011)—The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has proposed penalties of $182,000 against synthetic rubber manufacturer Lion Copolymer L.L.C. for 23 alleged safety violations at its Baton Rouge plant, including one OSHA classified as “willful” and 19 as “serious,” according to OSHA.
OSHA's Baton Rouge area office began inspecting the Lion Copolymer facility in October 2010 after receiving a referral, the agency said. The agency expanded the inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on Chemical Process Safety Management.
Lion's “willful” violation was failing to conduct adequate maintenance and inspections of critical valves, according to OSHA. “Serious” violations included failing to maintain the structural integrity of pipe hangers and support rods; ensure the proper content labeling of ammonia pipes; and conduct visual inspections of process piping as scheduled. The three “non-serious” violations involved failure to maintain injury and illness record logs.
Lion has 15 business days from the date of the citation to pay the fine, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Baton Rouge, or contest the decision before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, an independent body.
The company employs 122 in Baton Rouge, OSHA said.