Repeat Safety Fines for Motor Parts Maker

Thursday, April 4, 2013 @ 05:04 PM gHale


Phoenix Electrical Manufacturing Co. faces $51,590 in fines for three safety violations, including two repeat, at its Chicago manufacturing facility, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

The penalties against Phoenix Electrical Manufacturing, which produces parts for electrical motors and generators, are the result of the January national emphasis program inspection on amputation hazards.

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“Phoenix Electrical Manufacturing has a responsibility to provide proper machine guarding to prevent workers from amputations and other serious injuries when operating machinery in its facility,” said Diane Turek, OSHA’s area director for its Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. “Companies that are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a disregard for worker safety and health.”

The repeat violations were for failing to guard all danger zones on a metal cutting saw and for allowing workers to use compressed air for cleaning that exceeded 30 pounds per square inch. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for 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. The company faced similar violations in 2008.

One serious violation was for failing to have adequate machine guarding in place on a broaching machine and a riveter. 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.

Phoenix Electrical Manufacturing faced OSHA citations seven previous times.



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