CA Aircraft Engine Maker Faces Safety Fines

Tuesday, June 4, 2019 @ 05:06 PM gHale

Aircraft engine maker, Hanwha L&C USA, LLC, is facing $52,705 in fines after a forklift crushed a worker’s foot, said officials at the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Cal OSHA).

The company is facing eight citations for the incident, including three serious, two regulatory, three general violations.

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Inspectors concluded the company failed to train and evaluate workers on operating a forklift, ensure proper use of safety shoes, develop precautions for the handling of stone slabs, and provide training to workers on how to avoid crushing hazards.

In one serious violation, the employer did not ensure their equipment designed for a fixed location was restrained so as to prevent walking or moving from its location.

In another serious violation, the employer did not ensure their employees do not place any part of their bodies between parts of the forklift where crushing hazards exist. As a result, on November 2, 2018, an employee sustained a serious crushing injury to his foot when it made contact with a wheel.

In a third serious violation, the employer did not ensure special precautions were taken in the handling of loads (stone slabs) by their forklift equipped with a boom attachment. As a result, on November 2, 2018, an employee sustained a serious crushing injury to his foot when it made contact with a wheel.



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