Safety Issues for Auto Finisher

Monday, November 19, 2012 @ 05:11 PM gHale


Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services LLC in Dayton, OH, is facing fines of $65,500 for 13 safety and health violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The fines comes as a result of a September inspection that OSHA initiated upon receiving a complaint alleging hazards.

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“Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services is compromising its workers by failing to evaluate their exposure to and correct hazardous conditions,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “Training workers is vital to their long-term safety and health. OSHA is committed to protecting workers.”

Eleven serious violations include failing to develop energy control and hazard communication programs, train employees on the programs’ requirements, provide machine guarding on belts and grinding machines, lock out the energy sources of machinery prior to servicing, require the use of safety glasses, ensure that workers are not exposed to live electrical parts, provide workers with personal protective equipment and training to minimize electrical exposure, train and certify employees who operate powered industrial vehicles, and properly store materials that can cause “struck-by” hazards. 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.

Two other-than-serious violations involve a failure to maintain injury and illness forms and a lack of written certification of a 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.

Lapmaster Precision Finishing Services is a part of Mt. Prospect, IL-based Lapmaster International LLC. About 48 workers work at the Dayton facility, which processes cast iron, steel and several metal alloys as well as plastics, Teflon, ceramics and composite materials to finish tolerances for automotive and other manufacturing applications.



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