SeaCast Inc. is facing $104,000 in fines for 14 safety and health violations – including one willful – following an inspection at the company’s foundry in Butte, MT, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Washington state-based company faces is fines following an inspection initiated after OSHA received complaints for safety and health violations.

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Thirteen serious violations involve machine guarding deficiencies, elevated levels of respirable silica, not providing a fully implemented respiratory protection program for employees, unsecured storage racks and materials, blocked electrical equipment, inadequate housekeeping and failing to reduce the pressure of compressed air nozzles to less than 30 pounds per square inch. 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 willful violation is failing to administer a continuous, effective hearing conservation program. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

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“Unfortunately, SeaCast is not taking the steps needed to provide employees with a safe and healthful workplace,” said Jeff Funke, OSHA’s area director in Billings. “Employers must ensure that adequate measures are in place to protect employees from serious harm such as hearing loss, amputation and respiratory issues.”

The inspection took place under the agency’s national emphasis programs on silica and primary metals.

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