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Pennsylvania company receives multiple citations from OSHA

An iron foundry in Pennsylvania has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for multiple violations that OSHA says have put its employees at risk of serious injury or death. The company may be fined as much as $163,240 for 26 alleged violations in its Shippensburg foundry, which include exposing workers to hazards such as tripping, falling and amputation and failing to guard open-sided floors and platforms with standard railings.

Seven of the 26 violations were repeat violations and 16 others were considered serious violations, with the three remaining safety violations classified as other-than-serious. The company was not penalized for those three violations. The company has previously been cited for similar violations, both in 2011 and 2013. Other violations that were listed by OSHA on this occasion included not securing forklift loads, allowing employees to operate broken cranes, failing to regularly inspect or maintain records of inspection for the cranes and having no preventative maintenance program for the cranes.

OSHA also cited problems with unenclosed sprocket wheels and chains, improper guarding and covering for pulleys, pull and junction boxes and fittings. The agency also noted that the improper fixation of the stairs and ladders being used by employees created additional risks of a workplace injury.

Employees who have concerns that their employer is not in compliance with safety regulations may want to speak with an attorney. If an employee is injured on the job due to an employer's negligence or failure to maintain a safe work environment, a workers' compensation attorney may help that employee file a claim for the recovery of medical expenses and lost compensation.

Source: Recycling Today, "OSHA fines Pennsylvania foundry for repeat violations", March 12, 2014

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