Safety Fines for Machine Parts Maker

Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 02:05 PM gHale

Big 3 Precision Products Inc., which manufactures industrial machine products, is facing $63,000 in fines for one willful and four serious violations, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

The willful violation is for ignoring forklift standards by allowing employees to stand or pass under the elevated portion of forklifts at the Centralia, IL, facility.

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“Employers that allow workers to stand or pass under elevated forklifts expose them to dangerous struck-by hazards. Injuries involving machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability,” said Aaron Priddy, OSHA’s area director in Fairview Heights.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Four serious violations involved lack of machine guarding on portable grinders, which exposed workers to amputation and laceration hazards. The other three violations involved electrical extension cords, including failing to inspect cords, use of damaged cords and, where necessary, not using cords with grounding conductors. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

Big 3 Precision Products received two serious OSHA violations in April 2013 for failing to follow forklift safety standards. The company has headquarters in Centralia, where it employs 150 people. The company produces racking and material handling products for the automotive industry and operates facilities in Holliston, MA; St. Joseph, MO, and Millville, NJ.

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