Repeat Violations for Die Casting Firm

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 @ 06:10 PM gHale


In a follow up inspection Stroh Precision Die Casting is now facing $51,590 in fines for nine safety, including five repeat, violations at the company’s Mauston, WS, facility, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

OSHA conducted an inspection in May as a follow-up to an August 2011 inspection that resulted in citations for failing to provide appropriate protective equipment and train workers on hazardous chemicals, among other violations.

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“Stroh Precision Die Casting is compromising the health and safety of its workers by allowing previously cited deficiencies to continue without correction,” said Kim Stille, OSHA’s area director in Madison. “Providing appropriate personal protective equipment and training to employees on its use is vital to their long-term safety and health.”

Stroh Precision Die Casting employs 90 workers at its Mauston facility.

Specifically, the repeat violations are failing to provide appropriate hand protection, require workers to wear face protection, train workers on the use of personal protective equipment, properly label chemicals in the workplace and train workers on hazardous chemicals. A repeat violation exists when an employer had previously 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. Similar violations occurred on the 2011 inspection.

Four serious safety violations involve failing to guard abrasive wheels, keep passageways clear from clutter, mount fire extinguishers and remove oil residue on floors to prevent workers from slipping. 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.



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