Safety Fines for Truck Maker

Wednesday, August 7, 2013 @ 12:08 PM gHale

Hoist Liftruck Mfg. Inc. is facing $235,800 in fines for 16 health and safety violations, after a March follow-up inspection at its Bedford Park, IL, manufacturing facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Failing to provide all employees with personal protective equipment, and not providing proper respiratory training, creates an atmosphere in which workers are vulnerable to illness and injury on the job,” said Gary Anderson, OSHA’s area director in Calumet City. “Hoist Liftruck has also demonstrated a lack of commitment to employee safety and health by failing to correct previous deficiencies OSHA found in past inspections.”

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A manufacturer of heavy duty liftrucks, Hoist Liftruck Mfg. faces citations for two willful safety violations for failing to provide welding screens for workers exposed to welding arcs and for violations of the respiratory protection program. Those violations included failing to provide medical evaluations, fit test workers, maintain respirators in a sanitary condition, store them properly and provide training on their use prior to work assignments. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Four repeat violations involve failing to provide hazard communication training, ensure equipment is properly grounded, conduct daily and shift inspections of powered industrial vehicles and document monthly crane and hook inspections. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced the same violations in April 2012 at the Bedford Heights facility.

Ten serious safety violations including failing to provide machine guarding; remove damaged powered industrial vehicles from service; conduct personal protective equipment assessments or provide adequate protective equipment; label chemical containers; provide hazard information; and failure to implement an effective hearing conservation program, including providing adequate hearing protection. 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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