Safety Fines for AL Auto Parts Supplier

Thursday, January 8, 2015 @ 07:01 PM gHale

Auto parts supplier Saehaesung Alabama Inc. is facing $102,000 in fines for exposing workers to amputation, electrical and struck-by hazards after two separate inspections at its Andalusia, AL, and LaFayette, AL, facilities, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspectors found 10 safety violations in June and July as part of the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program for Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry. Headquartered in Daegu, Korea, Saehaesung Alabama manufactures automotive chassis and body parts for Hyundai Motor Co. and Kia Motors Corp. The Andalusia and LaFayette facilities employ 365 workers.

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“Employers cannot wait for an OSHA inspection to identify the hazards that expose their employees to serious injury or death,” said Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile. “Implementing preventive programs and systems to ensure such hazards are identified and corrected as part of the company’s day-to-day operations is imperative and makes good business sense.”

OSHA issued three repeat citations. The Andalusia plant received a citation for failure to develop specific procedures to protect workers from moving machine parts during service or maintenance work. The Andalusia and LaFayette facilities also received citations for exposing workers to amputation hazards by failing to provide required guards on welding machines. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Three serious citations went out to each facility for storage of material on steel racks with damaged support columns and no floor anchor, which exposed employees to struck-by hazards. The LaFayette plant also received a citation for exposing workers to electric shock hazards by not protecting them from damaged wiring while operating a press welding machine. OSHA issued four other citations for a damaged electrical cord, breaker panel and emergency stop switch, and for failure to train employees working with chemical hazards.

Serious violations occur 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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