Auto Parts Supplier Faces Safety Fines

Monday, December 8, 2014 @ 07:12 PM gHale

Guyoung Tech USA Inc. is facing $68,000 in fines for 14 safety and health violations at its Evergreen, AL, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

A July inspection found the company exposed workers to potentially fatal hazards, including amputations and electric shock. The inspection was a part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry. Guyoung Tech USA is a metal stamping company that supplies oil pans, covers and parts for the auto industry.

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“Workers earning a day’s pay should not be put at risk of amputation, electric shock, struck-by or any other hazards,” said Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “Employers are legally obligated to protect all workers from serious injury or death in the workplace.”

OSHA issued 12 serious violations for exposing workers to crushing and struck-by hazards by not anchoring storage rack shelving to the floor and for failing to protect employees from amputations by requiring them to work with dangerous equipment without necessary guards.

The company failed to develop procedures to prevent accidental machine startup and to train workers on occupational noise hazards, OSHA said. Additionally, the employer exposed workers to arc blasts by not ensuring unused circuit breaker openings ended up closed in electrical cabinets. An arc blast, or flash, occurs when a flashover of electric current leaves its intended path and travels through the air from one conductor to another, or to the ground, which can injure people close to the blast.

Other violations included failure to evaluate forklift operators’ job performance at least every three years and to post a copy of the workplace noise standard in a place visible to employees. 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.

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