Safety Fines for Dishwasher Maker

Friday, August 10, 2012 @ 06:08 PM gHale

Insinger Machine Co. is facing $67,450 in fines for exposing workers to serious safety and health hazards at the company’s Philadelphia facility, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials said.

OSHA’s February investigation was part of the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses.

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Insinger Machine Co., which employs 50 workers, manufactures dishwashers for the food service and institutional industries.

Twenty-three serious violations involve failing to correct electrical hazards, provide a hearing conservation program or training, provide an eyewash station, provide barriers and shields to protect employees from rays generated by welding operations, safeguard moving machine parts, control potentially hazardous energy, properly mark doorways as exits, properly dispense flammable liquids, ensure that fire extinguishers are mounted and readily accessible, ensure that oxygen and acetylene cylinders are properly stored, ensure the proper use of a drill press, implement a site-specific respiratory protection program and conduct medical examinations prior to allowing employees to wear respirators. The citations carry $63,450 in penalties. A serious violation occurs when there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Two other-than-serious violations involve failing to create and post a summary of workplace injuries and illnesses. The citations carry $4,000 in penalties. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

“We will continue to hold employers legally responsible when they fail to comply with OSHA’s standards to keep workers safe,” said Albert D’Imperio, director of OSHA’s Philadelphia Area Office. “It’s vital for this company to ensure that safeguards are in place to protect the safety and health of its employees.”

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