Domestic Casting is facing $96,250 in fines for four repeat violations at its Shippingsburg, PA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
In addition to the four repeat offenses, OSHA found an additional 19 serious health and safety violations during a January investigation at the iron foundry. The investigation was the result of a complaint and was part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Noise Hazards and National Emphasis Program on Crystalline Silica.
OSHA said the repeat violations, which carry a penalty of $26,180, were due to the company’s failure to properly guard live electrical parts, chains, sprockets, pulleys and belts and for failing to include a standard railing on a platform.
A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. OSHA cited similar violations in 2011.
The serious violations carry a $70,070 penalty. These include multiple electrical and machine guarding hazards; overexposure and lack of engineering controls relating to silica, sulfur dioxide and iron oxide; doors on abrasive blasting enclosures not flanged and tight; accumulations of dust and shot outside of an abrasive-blasting enclosure; lack of engineering controls and audiograms for workers exposed to occupational noise; and failure to properly follow-up with workers who experienced a Standard Threshold Shift due to changes in occupational noise exposure.
OSHA also cited deficiencies in the company’s programs addressing respiratory protection, permit-required confined space entry, control of hazardous energy and hazard communications.
OSHA also found workers ate and drank in an area contaminated by toxic materials. There was a lack of a standard railing on an open-sided floor. There were no clearly marked exit doors and paths.
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.
“By not correcting the cited hazards, this company continues to jeopardize the safety and health of its workers, which will not be tolerated,” said Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA’s Harrisburg Area Office. “OSHA will hold employers responsible when they fail to protect workers and provide safe and healthful workplaces.”