Plating Company Faces Steep Safety Fines

Thursday, February 13, 2014 @ 08:02 AM gHale


Arlington Plating Co. is facing $155,430 in fines for 25 safety violations following an August plant inspection, according to officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The Site-Specific Targeting Program targets facilities with a higher-than-average illness and injury rate.

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The repeat violations at the plant demonstrated a “lack of commitment to employee safety and health,” said Angeline Loftus, OSHA’s area director for the Chicago North Area Office. Offenses, such as lack of machine guarding, can lead to amputation and other serious injuries, he said. Workers also needed protective equipment and safety training for protection from live electrical parts.

A repeat violation means an employer has faced a similar violation at another facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Repeat violations involved:
• Lack of machine guarding on rotating parts.
• Failure to use re-locatable power taps, in accordance with labeling.
• Opened, unused openings in electrical boxes.
• Use of electrical outlet boxes with missing basic safety features.
• Failure to maintain dry walking and working surfaces.

The company faced the same violations in 2010 and 2012.

The company received 20 serious safety citations, ten of which cited unsafe electrical work practices. These included allowing employees to access electrical equipment where rust and corrosion were present and allowing access to live electrical cabinets without proper safety equipment. Four citations referred to inadequate machine guarding on table saws, motors, pulleys, and belts. Others included lack of hazardous energy control procedures, using ladders without secure footing, and lack of an emergency exit for employees in one area of the facility.

A serious violation refers to substantial probability of death or serious physical harm from a hazard the employer should have realized.



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