Safety Fines for Die Manufacturer

Monday, August 27, 2012 @ 01:08 PM gHale


Danco Precision Inc. in Phoenixville, PA, is facing $55,500 in fines for 14 safety violations found at the company’s manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s March investigation was part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates.

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Danco Precision Inc., which has 40 workers, manufactures lamination dies, metal stampings, electrical magnetic cores, carbide dies, specialty tools and precision machine parts that sell internationally.

Thirteen serious violations involve failing to control potentially hazardous energy, have and implement a hazard communication plan that includes employee training, provide barriers to protect employees from falls, conduct a personal protective equipment assessment and provide protective equipment for various operations, provide and certify powered industrial truck training, provide hand tools to clear machine scraps, provide material safety data sheets, implement die-setting procedures, inspect alloy steel slings, address deficiencies with mechanical power presses including a lack of proper guarding, use safety blocks when setting dies, perform inspections of all presses and properly label containers of chemicals.

A serious violation occurs when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. The citations carry $52,500 in penalties.

“These violations pose serious risks to Danco Precision’s workers and must be corrected immediately,” said Albert D’Imperio, director of OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office.

One other-than serious violation is failing to create and post an annual summary of injuries and illnesses. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm. The citation carries a $3,000 penalty.



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