Bango Refining Oil Recycling Plant issued multiple OSHA violations

Reported by: Marissa Schwartz
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Updated: 12/09/2013 9:20 pm
FALLON, Nev. (KRNV & - According to OSHA, starting in November 2011 through December 2012, Bango Oil Recycling Plant was cited by OSHA 12 times.

Two of the more recent citations were categorized as being serious. One citation, issued almost exactly one year ago on December 10th, 2012referenced “Protection for Floor Openings, meaning that Bango was cited for either not having holes in the floor of the plant properly marked or repaired. An issue that according to OSHA, could lead to a worker falling or being injured. Bango was also cited for “Not minimizing the danger to employees in a time of an emergency.” Possibly meaning failing to have a working sprinkler system, functioning alarm systems, fire doors or clear exit lighting.

Due to the fact that hard copies of the actual violations are not available, the specifics of what actually happened in each incident is not immediate clear. According to OSHA, five of the six citations issued in 2012 were resolved though what’s described as an informal settlement, meaning that after the citation was issued to Bango, the problem was corrected and Bango agreed to pay the OSHA issued fine.

Here’s a complete list of the citations issued to the Bango Oil Recycling Plant.

January of 2007
•Hazard Communication
•Hazard Communication
•Wiring methods, components, and equipment for general use.

March of 2007:
•Hazardous waste operations and emergency response.
•Hazardous waste operations and emergency response.

November of 2011:
•The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).
•The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).

December 2012:
•Guarding floor and wall openings and holes.
•Guarding floor and wall openings and holes.
•The control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout).
•Maintenance, safeguards, and operational features for exit routes.
•Powered industrial trucks.

News 4 Spoke with a representative from the Nevada OSHA Division of Industrial Relations, they tell us that they do have a team on site investigating right now. The spokesperson also said that OSHA has been to Bango three times since 2011, once for an accident where an employee was exposed to fumes, and twice for a planned inspection.
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