CNH America LLC is facing $51,000 in fines for 10 safety violations at its Grand Island, NE, agricultural equipment manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The penalties are the result of a November local emphasis program inspection for high-hazard general industry establishments, as identified by injury and illness rates in Nebraska.
“CNH America has a responsibility to make appropriate repairs and provide necessary personal protective equipment and training to ensure a safe working environment,” said Bonita Winingham, OSHA’s area director in Omaha. “Companies must recognize the hazards that exist in their workplaces and take action to prevent injury.”
Ten serious violations were for failing to ensure compressed gas cylinders ended up properly stored and secured; remove a powered industrial truck from service after inspections revealed safety hazards; evaluate and certify evaluation of forklift truck driver performance at least every three years; ensure grinding wheels were flat and undamaged; and provide welding screens and replace damaged welding leads. Four of the violations involve electrical hazards, such as failing to label circuit-breaker boxes, provide covers over missing circuit breakers, repair a light switch that exposed workers to electrical shock hazards and attach extension cords to the building surface.
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.
CNH America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNH Global N.V., headquartered in Burr Ridge, Ill. The company has 30 manufacturing facilities worldwide producing agricultural and construction equipment. CNH America’s Grand Island facility had previous OSHA inspections in 2010 and 2011, resulting in six citations.