Auto Parts Maker Faces Safety Fines

Monday, July 11, 2016 @ 05:07 PM gHale


Challenge Manufacturing is facing $75,000 in fines for 14 safety violations at its Kansas City, MO, auto parts manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators issued 13 serious and one other-than-serious safety and health violation.

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OSHA opened a February inspection after receiving a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the Kansas City facility that stamps, welds and assembles automotive parts.

The agency’s Kansas City area office found the employer failed to:
• Conduct noise monitoring in the facility
• Ensure employees wore hearing protection
• Evaluate workplaces to determine permit-required confined spaces
• Install adequate machine guarding
• Develop, document and require the use of machine safety procedures such as lockout/tagout to control machine movement during service and maintenance
• Removed damaged, unsafe powered industrial trucks from service
• Label hazardous chemicals
• Train workers on hazards
• Provide strain relief for cords and cables

The Walker, Michigan-based company also has stamping facilities in Michigan and Texas. The Kansas City plant was opened in 2014.

“OSHA has specific guidelines to protect workers from dangerous machinery, chemicals and other hazards in the workplace,” said Dave Keim, OSHA’s acting area director for in Kansas City. “Challenge Manufacturing needs to re-evaluate its safety and health programs to ensure employees are being protected from job hazards.”