Safety Hazards at AL Metal Maker

Monday, September 15, 2014 @ 06:09 PM gHale

Diversified Fabricating Inc. is facing $73,500 in fines for 23 safety and health violations, including exposure to amputation and fall hazards, following an inspection at the company’s facility in Oneonta, AL, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

At the time of the inspection, initiated as part of OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations, workers were fabricating steel drums used in the lumber mill industry.

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“This inspection identified numerous safety and health hazards, such as the accumulation of combustible materials throughout the facility, a lack of machine guarding, fall hazards and exposure to iron oxide fumes, all of which put workers at risk of severe injury or death,” said Ramona Morris, director of OSHA’s Birmingham Area Office. “These hazards should have been identified and corrected prior to any OSHA inspection, affording workers a safe and healthful working environment.”

The serious violations include: exposing employees to iron oxide fumes at levels higher than the permissible exposure limit, fire and explosion hazards from accumulated combustible material, and fall hazards from unprotected ladders and platforms.

Additionally, the employer received a citation for failing to develop procedures to protect workers from moving machine parts during servicing and maintenance; exposing workers to amputation and struck-by hazards by not properly guarding machinery; and allowing fuel and oxygen tanks to be improperly stored, creating an explosion hazard.

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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