Auto Parts Maker Faces Safety Fines

Thursday, January 26, 2012 @ 03:01 PM gHale

International Automotive Components LLC is facing 10 serious safety violations and $59,000 in fines at its Huron, OH, manufacturing facility stemming from a complaint when a worker’s finger ended up crushed when a mold lifted by a remote-controlled crane swung into his hand.

“International Automotive Components has a responsibility to follow established safety standards, and to ensure that employees are protected from hazards and properly trained,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo.

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Violations related to the incident include failing to make sure employees did not perform tasks under suspended loads and were kept clear of loads cranes were about to lift. Additional violations include failing to provide employees working on presses with fall protection and a safe means of access to the molds, lock out the energy sources of machinery during maintenance, provide a backrest extension on forklifts and guard a pinch point created by rotating parts. Finally, improper wiring methods exposed workers to electrical 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.

Headquartered in Southfield, MI, International Automotive Components has more than 12,000 workers in North America and six other Ohio facilities, located in Canton, Dayton, Fremont, Holmesville, Sidney and Wauseon.

This inspection was the first at the Huron location, but the company’s Sidney and Canton sites have undergone inspections seven times since 2007, resulting in citations for 22 violations.

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