Autoneum North America Inc. is facing $59,500 in fines for six safety violations at two of its plants in Oregon, OH, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators cited Autoneum for one repeat and five serious safety violations. OSHA opened an investigation at two plants operated by the vehicle acoustics and thermal management systems manufacturer after receiving complaints of unsafe working conditions.

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The agency cited the company for:
• Failing to develop and train workers on machine specific procedures for isolating energy sources
• Not “locking out” equipment to prevent unintentional energization
• Improper operation of forklifts
• Failing to train forklift operators

“Failing to train and use machine specific procedures to prevent equipment from energizing during service and maintenance causes hundreds of amputation and other serious injuries each year in American manufacturing facilities,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Complying with OSHA’s common sense safety standards protects workers from injury on the job.”

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