For the third time in three years, an Elk Grove Village, IL, maker of metal home siding products ignored safety rules for machines, said officials of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Acting on a complaint, OSHA inspectors identified one repeated and five serious safety violations at Rollex Corp.’s metal siding manufacturing plant in October and the company now faces $103,000 in fines.
“More than 200,000 workers are injured by machines in the United States annually. Employees pay the painful price when companies don’t follow standards to reduce injuries,” said Angeline Loftus, area director of OSHA’s Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. “Rollex Corp. needs to act now to put required safety guards in place on large industrial machines that workers use to form and cut steel and aluminum.”
Officials uncovered similar violations at Rollex Corp. in September 2011 and May 2012. Repeated violations are for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order found at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
Workers were also in danger of amputation because machines did not properly end up shut down before repair and maintenance. The machines also ended up operated without proper safety devices. Five serious safety violations ended up issued. An OSHA violation is serious if an employer knew or should have known of a deadly or serious hazard.