The United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recently cited Reliable Castings Corp. for a series of workplace safety infractions at their Sidney, Ohio plant. Workers at the Sidney plant were regularly working around crushing, striking and amputation hazards.
"OSHA's inspectors found a facility with multiple hazards and where safety was continually compromised," said the OSHA area director in Toledo. "Reliable Castings Corporation has a responsibility to train its workers and to implement all required safety procedures." Reliable Castings Corp. must pay $293,700 in fines.
OSHA encountered one repeat infraction from their previous inspection in April of 2013. The company failed to properly power down a robot before beginning robot maintenance procedures. In addition, there were four willful violations, infractions performed with intentional disregard for the law, such as failure to prevent exposure to molten metal splashes near the furnace, inspect chain efficacy, obey fork lift safety procedures and develop mold changing procedures.
Furthermore, OSHA found eight serious violations, potentially fatal infractions, which included failure to install guard rails to prevent falling, require face protection, protect electrical equipment from water exposure and clearly display maximum load capacities on lifting devices.
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Reliable Castings qualified for OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. As such, OSHA will conduct follow up inspections to ensure that the recommended changes to workplace safety have occurred. If you work in an unsafe environment but are afraid to speak up about it due to fear of termination, contact us and we can help.
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