Safety Fines at Electroplating Firm

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 @ 04:09 PM gHale

Plainville Plating Co. Inc., is facing $48,304 in fines for two repeat and 11 serious safety violations at its electroplating facility in Plainville, CT, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

After a Sept. 2 OSHA investigation, investigators issued the repeat citations for hazards similar to those identified during a 2010 inspection of the workplace.

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Inspectors found the company failed to:
• Determine employees’ initial exposure levels to lead and cadmium, two toxic substances in use at the workplace
• Provide workers with training on cadmium hazards
• Prevent cadmium buildup on machinery
• Evaluate employees’ ability to safely operate forklifts
• Ensure employees who wear respirators are medically able to do so
• Prevent employees from consuming food and drink in areas where the toxic substance hexavalent chromium was present
• Separate flammable spray operations by at least three feet
• Provide appropriate training to emergency coordinators and employees expected to fight fires
• Ground and shield an electric lamp against damage

In addition, OSHA found two recurring hazards – not guarding the operating parts of machinery against employee contact and using an unapproved electrical outlet in a wet location.

“Employees at this plant work with highly hazardous chemicals. It’s imperative that their employer take all necessary steps to protect their health and well-being at all times,” said Warren Simpson, OSHA’s area director in Hartford. “That includes monitoring exposure levels, providing proper and effective protective clothing, and ensuring that employees are properly trained.”