Safety Fines for Aerospace Manufacturer

Monday, December 14, 2015 @ 05:12 PM gHale

Wyman Gordon Co., is facing $145,600 in fines for three repeat and 10 serious violations of workplace safety standards at the aerospace parts manufacturer’s North Grafton, MA, manufacturing plant, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Inspectors investigated Wyman Gordon after receiving a complaint regarding workplace safety at the plant.

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The inspection identified several new and recurring hazards. The latter included electrical panels damaged by forklifts, blocked access to electrical panels, as well as failure to adequately guard band saws and a milling machine to ensure employees did not come into contact with the machines’ operating parts.

OSHA had previously cited Wyman Gordon in 2013 and 2011 for similar hazards at this plant and at one in Cleveland, Ohio.

Newly identified hazards included inadequate emergency exit signage; blocked access to fire extinguishers; slip, trip and fall hazards; damaged insulation on electrical cords; exposed electrical conductors and employees not wearing seat belts while operating powered industrial trucks.

“These conditions expose plant employees to the hazards of electric shock, lacerations, amputation, slips, trips, falls, struck-by and crushing injuries and prevent them from quickly exiting the workplace in the event of an emergency,” said Hoye, OSHA’s area director for central and western Massachusetts. “Wyman Gordon must take prompt, effective and ongoing action to correct these conditions and prevent them from happening again.”