Air Filter Maker Faces Repeat Safety Issues

Thursday, August 27, 2015 @ 05:08 PM gHale

American Air Filter Co. Inc., doing business as AAF International, is facing $119,900 in fines for five safety and health violations at its facility in Atlanta, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA issued two repeated, two serious and one other-than-serious violation to the air filter manufacturer on Aug. 21.

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American Air Filter employs temporary workers from two staffing agencies: JTJ Staffing Inc., doing business as True Staffing; and JEZ Staffing Inc., doing business as Microtech Staffing. OSHA did not issue citations to the staffing agencies.

Safety violations identified during the inspection include failing to provide proper machine guarding to protect employees from amputation hazards and not following safety procedures to prevent machinery from starting up unexpectedly during maintenance and servicing.

“This is the second significant enforcement action we’ve conducted at AAF International in the last six months,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “We found the same type of hazards during a recent inspection in a different area at the same plant. Management continues to allow workers to clean equipment without following safety procedures and without guards being properly installed. This company needs to address all workplace hazards, not just the ones for which penalties have been proposed.”

American Air Filter Co. Inc. is currently in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.