Auto Parts Maker faces Safety Fines

Monday, February 1, 2016 @ 04:02 PM gHale

Daeil USA Corp. is facing $171,870 in fines for 17 safety violations at its Valley, AL, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspectors issued citations for one willful, five repeated, 10 serious and one other-than-serious safety violation. Daeil manufactures struts and other automobile parts for Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motor Co.

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The inspection was the result of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Safety in the Auto Industry.

OSHA cited the employer for its willful failure to develop, document and utilize specific procedures to prevent multiple types of machinery from starting up during maintenance and servicing.

The repeated citations are for the employer’s failure to provide locks to secure robots from accidentally activating during maintenance and servicing; ensure protective screens and shields were in place during welding; and not ensuring conveyor line stop buttons were the color red. OSHA previously cited the company for similar violations in 2013 at this facility.

The serious citations are for the employer exposing workers to slipping hazards from wet floors; and amputation hazards from unguarded machinery. Additionally, the employer failed to develop a noise-monitoring program and did not provide an eyewash station for workers that handled corrosive materials. Other violations include failing to provide workplace injury logs to OSHA within four hours.

“Management at this facility has adopted a productivity-over-safety mentality and repeatedly claims that it is ‘too expensive’ to address the safety hazards found in this workplace,” said Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “The safety culture of this company must change immediately; protecting workers must always come before profit margins.”