American Air Filter Co. Inc., doing business as AAF International, is facing $64,040 in fines for two repeat, five serious and one other-than-serious safety violation following an inspection of the company’s manufacturing facility in Atlanta, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administation (OSHA) officials.
The inspection, prompted by a complaint, began in August.
“This employer continues to place its workers in jeopardy of serious injury or death by not correcting previously identified hazards,” said William Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “Management must make safety the first priority and address these hazards immediately.”
The repeat violations, with $39,000 in penalties, involve exposing workers to shock and burn hazards from unused openings in electrical boxes and failing to use electrical equipment according to manufacturer guidelines. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced similar violations in 2009.
The serious safety violations, with $25,040 in penalties, include the employer’s failure to provide temporary workers performing cleaning operations with lockout/tagout training; ensure abrasion protection on electrical wires entering the electrical panel for the conveyor system; and to provide strain relief for the strip feeder and speed control boxes. Additionally, workers ended up exposed to struck-by and caught-in hazards while cleaning the conveyor, and to shock and burn hazards from live wiring. 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.
The other-than-serious violation, with no monetary penalty, involves failing to inspect the specific energy control procedures periodically. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.