US Department of Labor cites Valmont Coatings for exposing workers to crushing, other safety hazards after investigation into employee’s death
CLAREMORE, OK – An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration following the death of a 19-year-old worker at a Valmont Coatings’ facility in Claremore found the company failed to use proper rigging equipment and perform inspections and maintenance on cranes. The worker was attaching multiple small steel I-beams to a large lifting fixture when the entire assembly fell on him.
OSHA also determined the company – doing business locally as Oklahoma Galvanizing – exposed workers to slip and trip hazards near hot-dip tanks and failed to provide required emergency showers and eyewash stations.
OSHA cited Valmont for one willful and five serious violations and proposed $202,000 in penalties.
“Equipment used to lift or move heavy parts must be inspected regularly and kept in good condition or removed from service to avoid worker injuries or fatalities,” said OSHA Area Director Steven Kirby in Oklahoma City. “This employer’s failure to do so cost a young worker his life.”
Based in Omaha, Nebraska, Valmont Coatings is a leading provider of hot-dip galvanizing and applied coating services with 35 facilities in seven countries. It is a subsidiary of Valmont Industries Inc., which does business in more than 23 countries and operates 80 manufacturing facilities to produce engineered support structures, coatings, irrigation and utility support structures.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.