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Ice Manufacturer Cited for Safety

 Ice Manufacturer Receives Ammonia Safety Citations at 5th Location in 3 Years:



The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a national ice manufacturer for not having an adequate ammonia safety program at five locations since 2011.


The administration has handed Arctic Glacier U.S.A. 19 citations carrying $274,700 in fines for health and safety violations at a plant in Brooklyn, according to a Wednesday press release. The majority of the penalties – $203,500 – came from six repeat violations. OSHA has cited the company for similar issues at its facilities in Fairport, Mamaroneck and Newburgh, New York, and Aston, Pennsylvania, in the past three years.


While the citations included violations ranging from locked exit doors to improperly stored oxygen tanks, some of the largest penalties were given for Arctic Glacier's inadequate process safety management program for its use of ammonia. According to the citations, the company didn't specify what protective gear employees should wear in the event of an emergency and didn't have procedures in place to prevent the amount of ammonia in machines exceeding operating limits.


According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, ammonia presents fire and explosion hazards and can cause burns on the skin and eyes as well as coughing and shortness of breath.


Ammonia is a cooling agent commonly used in industrial refrigeration operations.


Arctic Glacier has 15 days from the receipt of the citations to respond.

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