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IL: Lock Out Tag Out Fines for Flex-N-Gate Corp.

November 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Urbana, IL: Flex-N-Gate Corp. has been cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for four “serious” violations at its Guardian West plant in Urbana.

The citations, issued Tuesday, claimed the auto parts plant did not adequately protect workers from combustible dust explosion hazards or protect them from robots and conveyors that were unexpectedly energized.

The company faces $21,000 in penalties for the citations. OSHA Area Director Thomas Bielema said Flex-N-Gate has 15 working days to choose one of three possible responses:

— Accept the citations, pay the penalties and show the problems have been resolved.

— Ask for an informal conference with Bielema in hopes of settling the dispute.

— Formally appeal the citation by contesting it before a review commission magistrate.

Flex-N-Gate, through its public relations firm, issued a statement that “OSHA citations contain allegations which have not been proven, and Guardian West looks forward to providing its detailed responses to each OSHA allegation.”

The statement said, “Guardian West is a safe and responsible employer” that is serious about workplace health and safety.

It added that Guardian West invests in required protective gear, training, monitoring and specialized safety equipment.

According to one OSHA citation, seven indoor dust collectors in Guardian West’s metal polishing department lacked methods of protection from explosions and burning. The collectors handle dust generated from a metal polishing process.

The other three citations involve robots and conveyors being unexpectedly energized while people were maintaining or servicing them. Those citations allege:

— The company didn’t have procedures in place for controlling hazardous energy, such as a robot that was suddenly energized while workers were cleaning or changing the welding tips.

— Energy-isolating devices weren’t located so they could isolate equipment from its energy source.

— Energy-isolating devices didn’t have lockout or tag-out devices affixed to them.

The company has until Nov. 6 to abate the robot and conveyor problems and until Dec. 13 to abate the dust collector problem.

Guardian West, at 601 Guardian Drive, U, was cited for nine violations in June for failing to monitor workers’ exposure to nickel, chromium, hydrochloric and sulfuric acid following a December 2011 inspection. A total of $57,000 in fines were proposed for those violations.

According to the United Auto Workers, employees at several Flex-N-Gate plants are trying to form a union with the UAW, which represents workers at six company facilities in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio and Ontario.

“We are optimistic that Flex-N-Gate plant managers will see the OSHA citations as a wake-up call,” said Cindy Estrada, a UAW vice president who is also director of the union’s parts and suppliers department.

Story via news-gazette.com

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WI: Miller Compressing fined $70,000 for Lock Out Tag Out Failure

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment
Milwaukee, WI: The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Miller Compressing Co. in Milwaukee with two willful safety violations for allowing employees to perform maintenance on a shredder without first isolating the machine’s energy source.
OSHA opened an inspection upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards at the company’s scrap processing facility. The agency is proposing fines totaling $70,000 for the alleged violations.
“Miller Compressing Co. has a responsibility to ensure that workers are properly protected from known workplace hazards – such as machinery becoming unintentionally energized during maintenance – that can result in amputations and other serious injuries,” said George Yoksas, OSHA’s area director in Milwaukee. “OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”
Specifically, the willful violations are failing to lock out and tag out the electrical power source of a 7,000-horsepower shredder and have adequate energy control procedures in place for maintenance and servicing, OSHA said. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowledge or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health, the agency said.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Story via biztimes.com
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TX: ThyssenKrupp nailed with $172k in fines – Electrical Hazards

October 22, 2012 Leave a comment

Fort Worth, TX: The US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety & Health Administration has cited ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems Inc with 28 serious safety violations at its Fort Worth work site for exposing workers to struck by, fall, amputation and shock hazards while they were manufacturing airport passenger boarding bridges. Proposed penalties total $172,000.

The alleged violations involve failing to regularly inspect overhead cranes, hooks and slings; rate or inspect devices used for lifting; provide machine guarding for a press brake and belt sander; ensure that exits are not blocked and are properly marked; provide fall protection such as harnesses and guardrails; train workers on lockout tag out procedures for the control of energy sources; and provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords.

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.

ThyssenKrupp Airport Systems, a subsidiary of Chicago based ThyssenKrupp USA Inc, employs about 180 workers in Fort Worth. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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NY: Crosman Corp fined $148K by OSHA; Lock Out / Tag Out AND Written Electrical Program

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Bloomfield, NY: An Ontario County manufacturer is facing proposed fines of $148,000 stemming from inspections conducted after an employee’s finger was allegedly cut off by a machine in March.

Crosman Corp., located in Bloomfield, makes airguns, rifle scopes, sights and archery products.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Crosman for 23 alleged serious and repeat violations of workplace safety.  OSHA inspectors found that procedures were not used to prevent a mechanical press from turning on while the worker was setting it up, which resulted in the amputation.

“This incident could and should have been prevented by simply locking out and tagging out the machine’s power source,” OSHA’s area director in Syracuse, Chris Adams, said in an emailed statement.

OSHA officials declined to name the employee who was injured. Laura Evans, Crosman’s marketing coordinator, said the company would have no comment.

The citations include 21 serious violations involving numerous machine and electrical hazards, in addition to missing guardrails on elevated areas, damaged and unstable metal storage racks, a build up of combustible residue, and a lack of eye flushing facilities for employees working with corrosives, according to OSHA documents. The serious violations carry $98,000 in total proposed penalties.

OSHA also issued citations with $50,000 in proposed penalties for two repeat violations: Letting lead to accumulate on surfaces, and failing to develop written electrical safety program to make sure machines don’t power up while employees are setting them up. Similar violations were cited in June 2010.

Crosman officials have 15 business days to pay the fines or notify OSHA that they plan to contest the findings.

Story via democratandchronical.com

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