Safety Fines for Rail Systems Maker

Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 05:03 PM gHale


UTCRAS Inc. is facing $60,900 in fines for 23 serious and four other-than-serious health and safety violations found at the company’s Morton, PA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The September 2012 inspection was a part of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting 2012 program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur. An evaluation of hazards also fell under OSHA’s National Emphasis Programs for Hexavalent Chromium and Amputations.

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UTCRAS reconditions roller bearings for rail systems and assembles truck and wheel sets for passenger locomotives and freight rail work.

The serious violations were for electrical hazards and for failing to provide machine guarding, a lockout/tagout program for the energy sources of equipment and an effective respiratory program with eyewash and shower facilities for handling corrosives. The company also failed to comply with OSHA’s standard for chromium VI, repair floor holes, properly store and handle compressed gas and flammable liquids, and ensure access to a fire extinguisher. A serious citation is when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard.

“These violations could cause serious harm to workers and must be promptly corrected,” said Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office. “Employers are responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful workplace.”

The other-than-serious violations, which had no monetary penalty, involve an improper flammable storage container and failing to conduct a proper hazard assessment. 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.



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