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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Dixie Tank Co. in Jacksonville, Fla., for 23 safety and health violations, including exposing full-time and temporary workers to health hazards from exposure to the toxic chemical hexavalent chromium in excess of federal standards. The proposed penalties total $106,100.
Dixie Tank manufactures carbon and stainless steel tanks, pressure vessels, water heaters, filters and custom fabrications for the water, water treatment, hot water and industrial markets
Staffing firm Aerotek Inc. provides Dixie Tank with temporary wor.kers, according to OSHA. However, Dixie Tank was providing the daily supervision, training and direction for the three temporary workers employed at the facility at the time of the inspection.
“Employers must ensure that workers are protected from serious hazards to their health,” said Brian Sturtecky, OSHA’s area director in Jacksonville. “It is critically important that employers, such as Dixie Tank, take effective steps to monitor, identify and reduce exposure levels to safeguard their employees’ health.”