Foundry plant fined for inadequate controls of silica exposure

Firm failed to properly train workers on hazards of respirable crystalline silica

Robar Industries of Surrey, B.C. has been fined $33,923.


This firm operates a foundry plant. WorkSafeBC inspected the work site and observed that workers were engaged in work to clean up sand inside a confined space. The sand contained crystalline silica, and controls to protect workers from respirable crystalline silica (RCS) dust were inadequate. WorkSafeBC issued a stop-work order.


The firm failed to have a qualified person develop an exposure control plan, and failed to use adequate control measures to protect workers from exposure to RCS dust. The firm also failed to train workers in the hazards of RCS dust, safe work procedures and the use of personal protective equipment.


In addition, the firm allowed the use of dry sweeping to clean RCS dust, contrary to regulatory requirements.


Furthermore, the firm failed to prepare and implement a written confined space entry program. These were all high-risk violations. Finally, the firm failed to provide its workers with the information, instruction, training, and supervision necessary to ensure their health and safety. 


Source: WorkSafeBC