Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co. Inc., a provider of steel, aluminum and other metals and pipe to the construction trade, is facing $45,500 in fines for repeat and new violations, including amputation and crushing hazards at its Utica, NY, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA opened an inspection March 3, 2015, under its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.
The inspection found several hazardous conditions similar to those cited during OSHA inspections of company facilities in Binghamton and Manchester, NY, in 2010 and 2014.
These hazardous conditions included laceration and amputation hazards from inadequately guarded saw blades and crushing hazards from damaged and unsecured storage racks that could fail and drop materials on employees and from struck by hazards caused by improperly loaded forklift attachments.
Newly identified hazards included an exit door blocked by snow and other deficiencies that could prevent employees from exiting the workplace swiftly and safely in the event of a fire or other emergency; falls from a stairway that lacked a required safety railing; and slipping hazards from water on the shop floor.
As a result of these conditions, OSHA cited Pacemaker Steel & Piping for three repeat and four serious violations of workplace health and safety standards.
“Left uncorrected, these hazards could cost employees their lives or their well-being,” said Christopher Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse. “The fact that a number of these hazards are similar to those found during prior inspections shows that Pacemaker Steel must take additional and effective steps to adequately identify, eliminate and prevent future hazards at all its locations.”