Repeat Fines for Train Parts Maker

Monday, May 12, 2014 @ 07:05 PM gHale

A follow-up inspection at San Cast Inc. found workers still exposed to amputation and fall hazards at the Coshocton, Ohio, casting and foundry facility, said officials at the by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The facility face previous citations after a worker suffered a leg amputation in June 2013. OSHA issued 17 additional violations, carrying proposed penalties of $155,900 as a result of the November 2013 inspection.

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San Cast is a subsidiary of Wabtec, based in Wilmerding, PA. Wabtec employs about 8,500 workers worldwide and specializes in the manufacture of parts and equipment used on locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. The Coshocton plant employs 53 workers.

“San Cast continues to demonstrate a complete disregard for the health and safety of its workers by failing to correct known hazards,” said Deborah Zubaty, OSHA’s area director in Columbus. “These hazards expose workers to potential lacerations and amputation injuries daily. No one should be risking injury on a job because their employer consistently fails to follow safety practices.”

OSHA cited repeat violations for failing to protect employees from the ingoing nip points of belts, pulleys, chains and sprockets. San Cast also gained citations for failing to protect employees from fall hazards associated with an unguarded platform. OSHA issues repeat violations if an employer previously earned a citation for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement sates within the last five years. San Cast had citations for these violations in March and September 2013.

San Cast also has citations for 11 serious safety violations involving lack of lockout/tagout procedures, exposing workers to struck-by hazards and failing to maintain an overhead trolley system. The company also failed to inspect cranes and hoists regularly, and they found broken crane wires. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

OSHA has inspected San Cast five times since 2009.

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