Phoenix Industrial Cleaning was contracted to clean chemical tanks at a chemical manufacturing facility in IL.
Eighteen of the serious violations include entry into a confined space, not having proper respiratory protection, not having a way to communicate between workers in a confined space, and not having proper emergency equipment.
OSHA has proposed fines of $77,200. Is this enough money to make them realize that no job should ever cost a person their life? I often wonder when something like this happens what could have been done to prevent such tragedy; better training, the employees paying attention more, more visits by OSHA. I do not believe there is one answer, but we should always be alert to prevent a workplace incident as tragic as this.