OSHA fines Dana over safety, health hazards

Dana Container Inc is facing US$437,860 in federal penalties after an investigation by the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found workplace safety and health hazards at its Paulsboro, New Jersey site.

A statement on the OSHA website said that the agency initiated its inspection of Dana Container in July 2023 in response to an employee complaint that alleged safety and health deficiencies.

The agency cited the company for one wilful violation because it “did not properly maintain safety data sheets for chemicals, including corrosives”.

Three repeat violations involved chemical container labels that were not updated and, therefore, workers were not made aware of the names of new chemicals; eyewash stations that were not properly maintained; and medical evaluations that were not conducted for workers prior to respirator use.

OSHA stated it previously cited Dana Container in 2019 and 2023 for similar violations. Four serious citations were also issued because the company failed to inspect hoists, establish a written hazard communication programme and ensure safety requirements were met during use of a lifeline fall protection system.

“Dana Container continues to jeopardise the well-being of its workers by repeatedly disregarding federal safety and health laws and standards,” said OSHA area office director Paula Dixon-Roderick in Marlton, New Jersey. “The company must address these violations immediately to fulfill its legal obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace.”