An administrative law judge with the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission has upheld fines against an Ohio company. An inspection revealed several employees had symptoms of a potentially fatal respiratory disease after sweeping up pigeon droppings.
OSHA opened an investigation against the company in June 2009 after a worker was struck in the head by debris during the cleanup of a 600,000-square-foot factory building in Cleveland that was owned by the company.
The inspection revealed several workers had symptoms of histoplasmosis as a result of inhaling dust created by sweeping and shoveling the bird waste.
The judge upheld five serious citations against the company for failure to provide:
- guarding for a fifth floor elevator shaft
- personal protective equipment
- compliant respirators
- medical personnel for advice and consultation, and
- training for employees on hazardous chemicals in the workplace.
The judge also upheld a less-than-serious citation for failing to determine the presence, quantity and location of asbestos-containing material.
The company was fined $10,850.
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