News Release USDL: 96-67
Thursday, February 22, 1996
Contact: Frank Kane (202) 219-8151
OSHA and Troy, Ohio, Auto Parts Manufacturer Agree On Settlement Of Citations For Violations;
Company To Pay $750,000
Tube Products Corp. in Troy, Ohio, has
agreed to pay $750,000 in penalties and to
correct safety hazards and inadequate employee
training discovered by the Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA) in an
investigation following reports of numerous
worker injuries. The firm's logs showed that
in one year there were 108 cuts, burns and
Assistant Secretary of Labor for OSHA
Joseph A. Dear said, "This is what we
hope to call a 'turnaround' company, where
following an OSHA inspection revealing
numerous violations, a company takes
strong action to improve safety and health
in the workplace. Not only has Tube Products
agreed to abate the hazards but it also will
establish a comprehensive safety and health
program as well as an ongoing training
program for certain employees."
Tube Products Co., a manufacturer of
motor vehicle exhaust systems and manifolds,
has about 800 employees. The company was
cited Feb. 22, 1995 for numerous violations
of OSHA safety and health standards, with
proposed penalties totaling $1,257,500.
Many of the citations involved allegedly
failing to properly guard pipe-fabrication
equipment or to properly train employees in
the operation of the equipment.
In addition to abating hazards, Tube
Products agreed to develop and implement
an ongoing training program for the machine
operators of pipe-fabrication equipment.
The company has developed a written
curriculum guide for the training and
retraining of the machine operators in
the safe operation, potential hazards and
safety features of the equipment. No one
is to be assigned to operate the equipment
before receiving the training.
Tube Products also agreed to conduct
periodic inspections to determine the
adequacy of the training and whether
machine operators are using safe operating
procedures while working with pipe-fabrication
equipment and to ensure that the equipment
remains ready to be safely operated.
If any periodic inspection reveals an
operator is using deficient operating
procedures, the company will either correct
them immediately or implement interim
protective measures to eliminate the
risk of injury or accident.
If an inspection reveals the equipment
is not safe or ready for use, Tube Products
agrees to correct the condition prior to
further use of the equipment.
Tube Products also has agreed to
engage a qualified consultant to verify
the company's abatement action for machine
guarding and to help resolve any related
issues that might arise.
Tube Products says it already has
corrected many of the cited hazards
and that recordable injuries and illnesses
have declined significantly as a result.
The agreement avoids the cost and
burden of possible prolonged litigation
and will further the efforts of Tube
Products and OSHA to assure a safe workplace.
The comprehensive safety and health
program covering the workplace will include
corporate and management commitment as
well as employee involvement; worksite
analysis to identify unsafe conditions
and work practices; hazard prevention
and control; medical management to
provide the employees with health and
medical care or intervention that may
be required by virtue of work-related
injuries and illnesses, and training
and information for the workforce.
Tube Products will give its employees
a program description and give them an
opportunity to review it. The program
is to be implemented by April 15, 1996.