Nissin Brake Georgia Inc. is facing $53,000 in fines for 11 safety and health violations following a June inspection at the manufacturer’s Rock Spring, GA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The inspection was part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry.
Nissin Brake Georgia supplies brake systems for automotive and nonautomotive applications, primarily for Honda and Harley-Davidson.
“Nissin Brake Georgia has failed in its responsibility to protect employees from workplace hazards associated with unguarded equipment, electrical hazards and training workers on safety practices,” said Christi Griffin, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-West Area Office.
Nine serious violations were for allowing employees to adjust and bypass safety guards when entering a machine for servicing or maintenance and failure to protect workers from dangerous equipment that required machine guards.
OSHA also cited the company for lack of safe-practices training associated with electrical shock and arc flash hazards and failure to provide personal protective equipment to employees who worked with electrical equipment. 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.
Two other violations were for using electrical equipment workspace for storage and not training designated emergency response personnel.