A suburban Chicago electroplating company put its employees in danger of serious injuries by failing to install adequate machine safety guards, train workers in machine safety procedures and correct electrical deficiencies in the plant, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Arlington Plating Company faced similar violation in 2013, OSHA officials said.
OSHA investigators issued the company five repeated and 16 serious safety violations after a February 2016 follow-up inspection. Arlington Plating now faces $115,930 in fines.
The company provides electroplating services to the automotive, motorcycle, electronic, consumer and gaming industries.
“Most consumers never think about the dangers faced by the Arlington workers who may have plated their cars’ rims, trucks’ step rails, motorcycles’ pipes or the parts of their personal electronics,” said Angeline Loftus, area director of OSHA’s Chicago North Area Office in Des Plaines. “Every year, manufacturing workers suffer amputations, serious injuries and worse because companies like this one ignore common sense safety standards. Arlington Plating must change its dismissive attitude and do what’s right. Implement safety and health programs and provide workers with equipment that protect them from needless and avoidable job-related injuries and illnesses.”
OSHA’s inspection found the employer failed to:
• Require workers to wear personal protective equipment, including goggles and face protection
• Follow respiratory protection standards, such as individual fit-testing and medical evaluations
• Install adequate machine safety guards
• Follow electrical safe work practices including using electrical equipment rated for wet and corrosive environments and remove damaged equipment from use
• Train workers on machine safety procedures, known as “lockout/tag out”
• Inspect lifting devices and remove damaged devices from service
Founded in 1946, Arlington Plating Company is a private owned company with more than 100 people working at its Palatine, IL, facility. It provides electroplating, and buffing and polishing services to numerous industries.