American Spincast Inc. is facing $165,200 in fines for 32 serious safety violations and 18 serious health violations at its Belton, TX, facility, according to officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
American Spincast is a foundry that employs 70 workers in Belton. The inspection began in October as part of OSHA’s Site Specific Targeting program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. The health inspection initiated under the National Emphasis Program on Primary Metals to identify and reduce exposures to harmful chemical and physical health hazards.
“These workers were needlessly exposed to hearing loss, falls and other dangers,” said Casey Perkins, area director of OSHA’s Austin Area Office. “American Spincast failed to provide the minimal protective standards required by law. Employers need to implement programs for finding and fixing these hazards before workers become seriously injured or receive irreversible health effects.”
Some of the violations cited include failing to:
• Provide guardrails or personal fall arrest systems for work on elevated locations
• Ensure forklift man basket had safe design and properly attached
• Provide machine guarding for lathes, saws, sander, conveyors and other machinery
• Guard transmission belts and pulleys on multiple machines
• Ensure arc welding cables remained undamaged
• Implement administrative or engineering controls when noise levels exceed 100 decibels
• Ensure flammable liquids ended up stored in tanks or closed containers
• Provide Hazard Communication training on methylene chloride and hexavalent chromium
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.