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Holcim cited for 300 safety violations since 2008

Aug 04, 2010 12:47 pm
Doron Tyler Antrim wrote a very detailed story in this morning's The Daily Mail:
Government records show that Holcim has been cited for more than 300 safety violations carrying fines totaling $455,000 since it became the Smith’s Landing plant operator in 2008. The records, compiled by the Mine Safety and Health Administration, which regulates U.S. metal, nonmetal and coal mines, show over the last two years the plant has racked up 310 violations, 97 of which the government says could lead to serious injury or illness. During Holcim’s first year as operator, 155 violations were found carrying fines totaling almost $264,000. In 2009, 65 violations were cited with penalties of almost $165,000. So far this year, the plant has been hit with 90 violations costing $26,000. Fines have yet to be assessed for 28 of the 90, however....Furthermore, according to the records, Holcim has been able to reduce its fines from $455,000 to $384,000. To date, the company has paid only $250,500. It’s challenging the remainder of the fines, $133,500 — a legal procedure under current U.S. regulations. Most of the violations carry small fines between $100 and $1,000. But others carry larger penalties from $2,000 to more than $25,000.... Holcim officials have defended the plant’s safety record, saying it’s the top priority. “I think what you’re seeing is not an accurate reflection of the plant,” said Tony Madrazo, Holcim’s human resources manager, during an interview on Monday. “I don’t think we have a poor safety record.” Madrazo admitted, however, the plant is not perfect. “(The inspectors) will find stuff,” he said. Officials also contend many of the violations are resolved while a MSHA inspector is still on site. However, the records show most of the violations are repeatedly cited throughout the past two years. Read the entire story in The Daily Mail.
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