Safety Report: Auto Parts Maker Faces Fines

Friday, May 15, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Workers stamping metal automotive parts at a Peoria, IL, manufacturer were at risk of lacerations and amputations and in danger of being struck-by robotic welding equipment and as a result USA Technologies Inc. is facing $114,100 in fines, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Acting on a complaint, OSHA inspectors identified two willful and eight serious safety and health violations.

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“Employees pay the painful price when companies don’t follow standards,” said Thomas Bielema, area director of OSHA’s Peoria Area Office. “With common-sense safety procedures, including installing safety guards on large industrial machines and training workers in safety procedures, USA Technologies can protect workers from injuries that may keep them from earning a living.”

Workers suffered exposure to amputation hazards from an unguarded robotic welding machine.

Employees were also in danger of amputation because power presses did not shut down properly before repair and maintenance tasks, such as die-setting. The machines also operated without proper safety devices.

Inspectors noted USA Technologies did not evaluate personal protective equipment, provide hand protection for thermal hazards or label hazardous chemical containers. There were also numerous electrical safety violations, OSHA said.

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