Safety Fines for Auto Parts Maker

Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 01:07 PM gHale


Pyongsan America Inc. is facing a $43,560 fine for six safety violations at its Auburn, AL, manufacturing plant, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

An investigation started in March as part of the agency’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations and its Local Emphasis Program on Powered Industrial Trucks.

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Pyongsan America manufactures automotive parts for Hyundai Motor Co.

Two repeat violations involve failing to secure compressed gas cylinders and guard the points of operation on the crimper and bending machines. The citations carry $23,760 in penalties. A repeat violation exists when an employer faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced similar violations in 2011.

Four serious violations involve failing to conduct periodic inspections of the energy control procedures, provide training for employees on the lockout/tagout of energy sources, secure racks used for storing materials and repair electrical deficiencies. The citations carry $19,800 in penalties. 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.

“This company continues to put its workers at risk by failing to implement safety measures that would prevent serious injuries and possible death,” said Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “Employers are legally responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful workplace for employees, and will be held responsible when they fail to do so.”



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