Shock Hazards at TX Manufacturer

Friday, January 2, 2015 @ 02:01 PM gHale

Twice in 18 months, Troy, TX-based C & H Die Casting Inc. exposed workers to safety hazards so now the company is facing $66,400 in fines for 15 serious safety and health violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Once again, C & H has failed to provide a workplace free from hazards that could seriously harm workers,” said Casey Perkins, OSHA’s area director in Austin. “Waiting until a worker has been injured or killed to find and fix these hazards is unacceptable.” C & H employs 315 workers.

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During the 2013 inspection, C & H Die Casting received citations for violating 30 serious safety and health OSHA standards, including using spliced electrical cords. The citations carried $112,500 in proposed fines. In September the following year, inspectors discovered workers still exposed to electrical shock hazards. This repeated violation carried a $22,000 penalty. A repeated violation exists when an employer faced previous 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.

Also cited were 14 serious safety violations with a $44,400 penalty. OSHA cited the serious violations for failure to repair damaged and uneven concrete floors; failure to guard belts, pulleys and shafts; and numerous electrical violations, including spliced welding cables, uncovered welding terminals, missing grounding prongs on electrical cords and unlabeled circuit breaker panels.

OSHA investigators also witnessed an employee in the furnace area pouring hot metal into dies without proper personal protective equipment, which exposed him to burn hazards. 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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