The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Hobart Brothers Co. in Troy, Ohio, for safety violations, according to the Springfield News-Sun. Hobart is an airplane equipment manufacturer that has been operating in the community for generations.
The OSHA investigation uncovered 55 violations, including inadequate lockout programs, inadequate fall protection and noise exposure. The proposed fines total $174,600. OSHA inspected the facility as part of its Site-Specific Targeting program, which targets facilities that have injury or illness rates above the national standard.
Thirty-one of the safety violations are classified as “serious,” including failure to guard floor holes, failure to provide rail guards and other fall protection measures. Health violations accounted for $51,300 of the total fines. They include failure to sample noise levels and train workers on hazard communication.
“A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known,” says OSHA.
Hobart has 15 days to comply or request a hearing with a regional OSHA panel.
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