March 5, 2007
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson
Phone: (215) 861-5102
KEARNY, N.J. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Radial International Corp., doing business as Radial Casting Corp., for alleged safety and health violations, and is proposing penalties totaling $167,700.
OSHA initiated its investigation of the Kearny brass foundry and aluminum die casting operation, which employs 23 people, on Aug. 24, 2006, as a follow-up to an earlier inspection when the company did not verify that previously cited hazards had been abated. The company has been cited with 11 failure to abate notices proposing $134,000 in penalties; five repeat violations proposing $3,600 in penalties; one willful violation proposing $27,500 in penalties; and two serious violations proposing $2,600 in penalties.
"Radial Casting Corp.'s refusal to address these violations continues to put the safety and health of employees on the site at risk," said Phil Peist, director of OSHA's area office in Parsippany, N.J.
A failure to abate condition exists when the employer has not corrected a violation for which a citation has been issued and the abatement date has passed. The company received the failure to abate notices because it failed to develop an energy control program, adequately train employees, maintain OSHA injury and illness logs for three years, provide personal protective equipment to employees exposed to molten metal, maintain surfaces free of accumulations of lead, and implement a written hazard communication program.
A violation is designated as repeat when a similar citation for the same hazard was issued in the previous three years. Repeat violations include the company's deficient hearing conservation program, deficient respiratory protection program, failure to provide medical evaluations, and failure to ensure that exit routes were free and unobstructed.
OSHA defines a willful violation as one committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to, the requirements of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. A willful violation was issued as a result of the company's deficient hearing conservation program.
Serious violations are issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious injury could occur from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. Serious violations include electrical hazards and a lack of engineering controls when employees were overexposed to noise.
Radial Casting Corp. has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to appeal them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The inspection was conducted by the OSHA area office in Parsippany, 299 Cherry Hill Road, Suite 103, phone (973) 263-1003.
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