OSHA Hits Salem, Ohio Company with $45,000 in Fines
After the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found nine violations, Quaker City Castings Inc. is facing $45,000 in fines. All nine of the violations OSHA uncovered are serious offenses and stem from a July complaint inspection of Quaker City’s Salem, Ohio iron and steel foundry, according to an OSHA regional news release.
OSHA considers a violation serious if there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Quaker City Castings’ serious violations included:
Not using electrical equipment according to instructions on listing and labeling;
Lack of machine guarding on certain machines, such as grinders, lathes and band saws;
Failing to implement engineering controls to protect workers exposed to noise levels above 90 decibels;
Allowing workers to be exposed to live electrical wires;
Failing to develop machine-specific procedures for controlling hazardous energy during service and maintenance.
“The absence of adequate protections creates a work environment where workers are vulnerable to injury and illness,” Howard Eberts, OSHA area director in Cleveland, told the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Public Affairs. “Employers, such as Quaker City Castings, have a responsibility to evaluate workplaces for existing hazards and protect workers from injuries.”
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