Shippensburg, Pa., iron foundry faces $49,000 in proposed fines
from US Labor Department's OSHA for workplace safety hazards
SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Domestic Casting Co. LLC with three repeat and one serious safety violation at the company's Shippensburg iron foundry. OSHA proposed penalties total $49,000 after conducting a follow up to a previous inspection.
The repeat violations involve unguarded machinery and live electrical parts, and the citations carry $44,100 in penalties. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited 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. The company was cited for the same violations in 2011.
The serious violation is due to the company's failure to ensure that an open-sided walkway on a mixer dump belt was guarded with a standard railing to prevent employees from falling into the wet bucket elevator. 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. The citations carry a $4,900 penalty.
"This company continues to put its workers at risk by failing to implement safety measures that would prevent serious injuries and possible death for its workers," said Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA's Harrisburg Area Office. "Employers are legally responsible for ensuring a safe and healthful workplace for employees and will be held legally responsible when they fail to do so."
Domestic Casting Co. employs 95 workers at its Shippensburg facility.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Harrisburg office; telephone 717-782-3902.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, OSHA's role is to promote safe and healthful working conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, outreach and education. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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