Metal Casting Plant in Shippensburg Cited by OSHA for Safety Violations
The Domestic Casting Company, owners of the Shippensburg PA iron foundry located on North Queen Street, was fined over $150,000 by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for safety and health violations. Inspections were held in June and July of 2014 and resulted in 26 violations by Domestic Casting.
Repeat Offenders of Safety Violations in Harrisburg
OSHA has levied fines and citations for “not protecting employees from safety and health hazards” to the metal casting company eight times in the last three years. In a news release, the director of OSHA’s Harrisburg PA office states: “Compromising worker safety will not be tolerated. Domestic Casting continues to put its workers at risk of serious injury or possible death by not addressing and correcting these hazards. Employers that fail to uphold their responsibility to protect workers and provide a safe and healthful workplace will be held accountable.”
The repeat violations carry $90.860 in fines. A repeat violation means the employer was cited for the same or similar violations within the last five years – Domestic Casting was cited in 2011 and 2013 for the same (or similar) violations. These repeat violations include:
- open-sided floors and platforms that were not guarded with standard railings and other safety features
- permanent, durable identification was not affixed to alloy steel slings
- pulleys were not properly guarded
- sprocket wheels and chains were not enclosed
- electrical hazards
- pull and junction boxes and fittings were not provided with approved covers
Serious OSHA Safety Violations
Per the OSHA website: when there is substantial probability that a death or serious physical harm could result from a workplace hazard that the employer is aware of, the violation is considered a Serious Violation. OSHA fined Domestic Casting $72,380 for the following serious violations found during their inspections held last Summer:
- Workers exposed to struck-by, fall, amputation, electrical and tripping hazards.
- Employees operating unrepaired cranes.
- Lack of frequent and periodic inspections performed on cranes, and lacking certification records of inspections.
- Platforms without standard railings and flights of stairs unequipped with at least one handrail.
- Employees accessing different structure levels without fixed stairs and ladders.
- Failing to ensure that loads transported by forklifts were secure.
- Rated load not plainly marked on each side of a crane, and pendant control boxes not clearly marked with identification of functions.
- No preventive maintenance program based on the crane manufacturer’s recommendation.
- Fixed ladders were not installed with appropriate clearance space in the path of travel.
The company has 15 days to comply or request a conference with the OSHA area director in Harrisburg.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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