Big Safety Fines for OH Firm

Monday, December 30, 2013 @ 04:12 PM gHale

Reliable Castings Corp. is facing $293,700 in fines for 14 safety and health violations at the Sidney, OH, aluminum die castings manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“OSHA’s inspectors found a facility with multiple hazards and where safety was continually compromised,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Reliable Castings Corporation has a responsibility to train its workers and to implement all required safety procedures.”

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One repeat violation was for failing to “de-energize an industrial robot and implement lockout/tag out procedures prior to performing servicing and maintenance work on the equipment.”

OSHA said four willful violations involved failing to develop lockout procedures for servicing and changing molds on various production cells, prevent exposure to molten aluminum splash hazards from the melting furnace, inspect chains on a daily basis and prevent use of an unapproved work platform to lift workers with the fork truck. A willful violation is committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Eight serious violations involved failing to install guardrails near ovens and floor openings to prevent fall hazards, perform protective equipment assessments, require the use of face shields and hard hats, ensure adequate guarding on 21 machines in the foundry areas, provide lockout procedures, ensure use of an electrical cabinet is protected from water, label lifting devices with load capacities and provide safety data sheets to workers, OSHA said.

Sidney-based Reliable Castings employs 140 workers there and 130 workers at its Cincinnati location.

A spokesman for Reliable Castings was not immediately available.



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