Frazer & Jones Company Inc. is facing $460,316 in fines for 33 workplace health and safety violations at the manufacturer’s Solvay, New York, iron foundry, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA inspectors cited the company for multiple hazards, including exposing employees to crystalline silica, iron oxide, combustible dust, falls, struck-by and caught-between hazards, unsafe work floors and walking surfaces, inadequate respiratory protection, deficient safeguards for entering confined spaces, inaccessible and unavailable fire extinguishers, and an impeded exit route.
The company also lacked an effective program for removing pests, and did not prevent the build-up of bird feces on equipment.
“These hazards expose workers to injuries and long-term health effects,” said OSHA Syracuse Area Director Jeffrey Prebish. “Employers must recognize the safety and health risks inherent to their work operations and environment, and take necessary precautions to protect employees who perform those operations.”
“Employers are required by law to conduct hazard assessments in their workplaces, and implement measures that protect workers from potential injury or illness,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “The agency has multiple resources available to achieve compliance.”
OSHA provides resources and information available for employees and employers on hazards and safeguards associated with silica, machine guarding, respiratory protection, confined spaces, falls and emergency exit routes.