Safety Fines at Aluminum Maker

Friday, June 21, 2013 @ 05:06 PM gHale

Penn Aluminum International LLC faces $45,000 in fines for nine serious safety violations found at the aluminum product manufacturer in January, according to officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA conducted the inspection at the Murphysboro, IL, facility under the national emphasis program for the primary metal industry.

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“Penn Aluminum International has a responsibility to recognize the hazards that exist in its facility and to train workers on proper safety precautions and protocols,” said Tom Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Fairview Heights. “Compromising safety procedures can result in injuries and illness to workers.”

The nine violations involve inadequate machine guarding, lack of guardrailing around a fall hazard and failing to evaluate spaces to determine if they required confined space entry permits.

Additional violations include modifying powered industrial trucks without manufacturer’s approval, failing to maintain floors in a dry condition and failing to inspect slings and fastenings prior to use and remove damaged slings from service.

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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