Safety Fines for GA Auto Parts Maker

Thursday, February 5, 2015 @ 05:02 PM gHale

PAI Industries Inc. is facing $55,800 in fines for 14 serious safety and health violations at its Suwanee, GA, auto parts manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated the investigation Oct. 1 as part of its Regional Emphasis Program for Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry.

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“The results from this on-site enforcement inspection illustrate the need for OSHA’s focus on the automotive parts industry,” said William Fulcher director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office. “Employers can’t only rely on OSHA to identify hazards; they must be proactive in protecting the health and safety of their workers.”

As part of the investigation, OSHA issued citations for not ensuring machinery could not accidentally start up during maintenance and servicing; not requiring eye protection for workers changing propane tanks on forklifts; exposing workers to trip and fall hazards, and not providing a workplace free from recognized hazards.

Five other violations include the employer failing to implement a noise monitoring program and not ensuring fire extinguishers were properly mounted and labeled. 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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