Duct, Safety Supplier Faces Big Safety Fines

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Lloyd Industries Inc., a manufacturer of ventilation, duct and fire safety products used at places like New York’s Chrysler Building, Philadelphia International Airport, and at stadiums for the New York Yankees and Baltimore Ravens, is facing $822,000 in fines for safety and health violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

After an inspection prompted by an injury in July, OSHA placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program. Incorporated in 1981, Lloyd Industries Inc. manufactures fire and smoke dampers. It employs 70 workers at its Montgomeryville, PA, site and 25 employees at a second location in Orange Park, FL.

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“William Lloyd and Lloyd Industries are serial violators of OSHA safety standards, and their workers have paid the price,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. “No employer is above the law. For 15 years, they have repeatedly put their employees at risk of serious injuries. This must stop now.”

In the July incident, the die on a press brake machine dropped on a worker’s right hand, resulting in the amputation of three fingers. The machine lacked required safety guards and had not worked properly before the incident, something the owner was aware of, OSHA said.

Despite numerous federal inspections, warnings, fines and promises to stop putting workers at risk, the company’s repeated failure to keep its employees safe has resulted in approximately 40 serious injuries since 2000. These injuries include serious lacerations as well as crushed, fractured, dislocated and amputated fingers.

Since 2000, OSHA officials said William Lloyd has shown a pattern of defiance toward OSHA safety standards: Inspectors find violations, including the absence of safety guards to prevent serious injuries from moving machine parts. Lloyd then agrees to correct the hazardous conditions and accepts OSHA penalties, but similar violations end up discovered when inspectors return. In one instance, OSHA officials called U.S. federal marshals to gain entrance to the plant when Lloyd refused to admit them, even after they obtained a warrant.

In its latest inspection OSHA issued 10 willful violations based on the company’s repeated failure to guard machines, and to provide annual audiometric tests. Additionally, the company received citations for three willful, four serious, and seven other-than-serious violations for electrical hazards, noise protection, and recordkeeping violations.

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