Safety Issues Remain, Fabricator Fined

Monday, April 16, 2012 @ 04:04 PM gHale


Don Park USA L.P. is facing $81,180 in fines for 16 safety and health violations based on a follow-up inspection, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

OSHA found the same violations as during the original inspection, which occurred after a fatality at the company’s Conley, GA, facility in October 2010.

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Four repeat safety violations and one repeat health violation involve failing to develop specific energy control procedures required for when employees perform equipment maintenance, protect employees from exposure to live electrical parts, ensure employees wear appropriate safety glasses while cutting plasma, provide strain relief at the terminal end of the welding gun and have a properly working slide bolt on the inside of the emergency exit door. A repeat violation exists when OSHA previously cited an employer 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. OSHA cited the same violations following the 2010 inspection.

Four serious safety violations include failing to cover a hole in the floor, train employees required to perform procedures involving the lockout/tagout of energy sources, conduct inspections of electrical equipment and properly install electrical equipment. Six serious health violations include using unrated flammable adhesives for electrical equipment, not guarding the lamp in the spray area from contact with flammable adhesives, allowing flammable adhesives to accumulate in the interior of the spray booth, failing to monitor methylene chloride exposure when employees use adhesive products and failing to train employees on the hazards of methylene chloride. 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.

One other-than-serious safety violation is failing to provide refresher training to employees on operating a powered industrial truck after a forklift struck an electrical outlet. 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.

“Don Park management repeatedly has demonstrated a disregard for employees’ safety by failing to correct workplace hazards that previously were brought to its attention,” said Bill Fulcher, director of OSHA’s Atlanta-East Area Office.

The 2010 fatality resulted from a crushing incident, when a large steel frame weighing 1,550 pounds killed the employee. OSHA cited Don Park in relation to the incident for failing to exercise caution when moving heavy, unstable loads in a vertical position.

Conley, GA-based Don Park performs sheet metal work for the custom fabrication of air conditioning ducts and air distribution systems.



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