Quaker City Castings Inc. faces $45,000 in fines for nine serious safety and health violations, including lack of a hearing conservation program, unguarded machinery and electrical safety violations following a a July complaint inspection at the Salem, OH, iron and steel foundry.

“The absence of adequate protections creates a work environment where workers are vulnerable to injury and illness,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Employers, such as Quaker City Castings, have a responsibility to evaluate workplaces for existing hazards and protect workers from injuries.”

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The nine serious violations include failing to implement engineering controls to protect workers exposed to noise levels above 90 decibels; provide annual hearing conservation training; remove damaged, powered industrial vehicles out of service; and use compressed air for proper cleaning. Other violations include not using electrical equipment according to instructions on listing and labeling; allowing workers to suffer exposure to live electrical wires; using visibly damaged electrical equipment; failing to close electrical boxes; and improperly using flexible electrical cords.

Additionally, the company faced citations for violations that expose workers to amputation injuries, including failing to develop machine-specific procedures for controlling hazardous energy during service and maintenance, and lack of machine guarding on various machines, such as grinders, lathes and band saws. 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.

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The company faced a previously inspection in March 2006 and ended up hit with five violations.

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