The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) handed out 33 health and safety violations to a Franklin, Ohio company. According to an OSHA regional news release, the company, A & B Foundry & Machining LLC is facing $170,107 in proposed penalties as a result of the violations, which were discovered during an inspection initiated under OSHA’s national emphasis program targeting the primary metals industry.
Of A & B Foundry & Machining’s 33 violations, four were repeat abuses and 26 were serious. The repeat violations were for issues that A & B Foundry & Machining was also cited for in 2009, including failing to perform medical evaluations of workers required to use respirators and to fit-test respirators, and failing to provide noise and chemical hazards training.
The serious violations, which are any violation where there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known, included:
- Failing to prevent use of damaged personal protective equipment
- Failing to ensure use of personal protective equipment
- Failing to conduct annual audiograms
“A & B Foundry & Machining has a responsibility to train and protect workers from known hazards, such as exposure to noise, respiratory and machine guarding,” Bill Wilkerson, the OSHA area director in Cincinnati, told the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs. “Programmed inspections help OSHA achieve its goal of reducing worker injuries and illnesses by directing enforcement resources to industries where the highest rates of injuries and illness have occurred.”
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