U.S. Department of Labor Cites Illinois Manufacturer For Health and Safety Violations

August 3, 2018

FRANKFORT, IL ‒ The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited HB Fuller Company – operating as Adhesive Systems Inc. – for 18 health and safety violations at its facility in Frankfort, Illinois. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $587,564.

OSHA cited the adhesives manufacturer for failing to provide employees with respirator fit tests and respirators appropriate for hazardous atmospheres; require bonding and grounding when transferring flammable liquids; ensure that electrical equipment was approved for use in hazardous atmospheres; and conduct a personal protective equipment assessment.

“This employer failed to provide a safe and healthful workplace,” said OSHA Chicago South Area Office Director Kathy Webb. “The company needlessly exposed workers to hazards by failing to provide necessary training or conduct a required workplace hazard assessment.”

HB Fuller 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.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education, and assistance. For more information, visit https://www.osha.gov.