Parker Hannifin Safety Fines

Thursday, August 2, 2012 @ 05:08 PM gHale

Parker Hannifin Corp. is facing $123,300 in fines for nine safety violations at the company’s metal fabricating plant in Grantsburg, WI, including two repeat violations for failing to protect workers from amputation and electrical hazards by ensuring the use of machine guards on mills and conducting periodic inspections of energy control procedures, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

An inspection came about after OSHA received a complaint.

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A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations occurred at Parker Hannifin facilities in Batesville, MS, in May 2011 and Columbus, OH, in February 2010.

Seven serious safety violations involve forcing employees to work over unprotected acid vats and dip tanks, failing to inspect the ventilation system for the acid vats thoroughly and often, failing to provide sufficient lockout procedures, failing to properly mark electrical equipment, failing to cover numerous unused openings in energized electrical panels, failing to train workers on electrical safety, de-energize electrical equipment prior to allowing maintenance and failing to provide workers with personal protective equipment while working near exposed energized parts. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

“Employers are responsible for establishing a safe environment and taking all necessary precautions to protect workers against amputation hazards and other known workplace dangers,” said Mark Hysell, director of OSHA’s Eau Claire Area Office.

Parker Hannifin, headquartered in Cleveland, OH, has facilities throughout the United States and in 46 other countries. The Grantsburg plant, which manufactures fluid power valves and hose fittings, among other products, employs 300 workers.

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