Metal Maker Faces Safety Fines

Tuesday, May 24, 2016 @ 09:05 AM gHale


Falls Creek Powdered Metals Inc. is facing $47,000 in fines for 27 serious safety violations at its Brockway, PA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators opened an inspection Nov. 23 in response to a complaint of hazards at the facility.

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Inspectors cited the company for exposing workers to unguarded or improperly guarded machines, and for the lack of a lockout/tagout program to control hazardous energy.

“The lack of machine guarding, coupled with a deficient system to prevent unexpected machine starts, represents a danger to workers at the plant,” said Theresa A. Naim, director of OSHA’s Erie area office. “Employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the health and safety of their employees. Anything less is unacceptable.”