Foundry Faces Repeat Safety Violations

Thursday, September 18, 2014 @ 03:09 PM gHale

KVK Foundry Inc. is facing $48,928 in fines for two willful and two repeat violations for failing to maintain requirements of OSHA’s respiratory protection and hearing conservation standards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

A March follow-up inspection found the Millington, IL-based foundry, which specializes in aluminum sand casting, failed to follow up on previous citations first issued in December 2012.

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“OSHA’s follow-up found that KVK Foundry initially fixed hazards cited in the first inspection, but lapsed into unsafe practices. KVK did not maintain the important standards that protect the long-term hearing and respiratory health of employees,” said Jake Scott, OSHA’s area director in North Aurora. “Employers, who are cited for repeat violations, demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

OSHA found KVK Foundry failed to provide medical evaluations and annual fit testing for employees using respirators. The company failed to obtain yearly audiograms for employees exposed to noise at or above the eight-hour time-weighted average and did not post a safety instruction sign to warn employees that combustible aluminum dust should not accumulate in the grinding room.

OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously received a citation for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

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