In Rochester, Mass., Covanta has been cited for seven alleged “serious” violations of federal safety rules at its SEMASS waste incinerator by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The citations include an accumulation of fly ash on energy 208-volt electrical equipment and exposing workers to electrical hazards such as arc flash and blast. The total proposed penalties add up to $13,500 against the company.
The citations were issued following an inspection requested by Utility Workers Union Local 369, which represents employees at the plant. A spokesperson for the company said it will not appeal OSHA’s decision or fines on the June 1 citations and will drop its appeal of previous OSHA citations, because it is in the process of renewing its OSHA Voluntary Protection Program participation and needs the support of Local 369.
Four earlier citations were issued on April 2, 2009 and included alleged violations such as “maintaining” electrical equipment with duct tape and cardboard and storing combustible acetylene cylinders next to oxygen cylinders.