Behr Iron & Steel recycling plants face penalties of $366,400 for continued exposure of workers to hazards, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Monday in a news release.
Behr, which employs 450 people at 14 Midwest facilities, was cited for exposing workers to amputation hazards during maintenance and while processing scrap metal in Peoria and Rockford. Safety mechanisms were not in place, the agency said. The penalties are for five willful and nine serious safety violations, including fall and confined-space hazards.
The company operates two facilities in Peoria, at 2424 W. Clark St. and 3213 SW Washington St. OSHA stated workers in Peoria must enter a sorting house conveyor to use the shredder. At its Rockford location, Behr failed to use energy-control procedures, such as powering off and affixing locking devices, according to OSHA.