OSHA: OH Foundry on Alert

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 @ 05:01 PM gHale

A Columbiana, OH, gray iron casting plant is facing $56,880 in fines for 10 health and safety violations for failing failed to monitor employees’ exposure to noise hazards and other infractions, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

COL-Pump Co., Inc. faces the fines for 10 violations, including willful violations regarding the company’s failure to monitor exposure to noise above 85 decibels.

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COL-Pump co-owner Paul Rance said the company is working with OSHA and workers were never in any danger.

The company’s website said the foundry employs about 125 people.

OSHA said they began their investigation Sept. 14. The willful violations came about because COL-Pump failed to establish an audiogram — a graph that charts decibel levels measured — within six months of the first exposure to the increased decibel level. They also failed to provide the graphs to employees.

The company also got a repeat citation for failing to lower the noise exposure in the grinding area of the facility. OSHA cited the company for the same problem in 2009.

OSHA also cited Col-Pump for failing to maintain ladders in a safe condition and failing to ensure machine guarding remained affixed to a sand mixer system, both serious violations.

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