April 23, 2015
Trailer parts manufacturer exposed workers to multiple hazards
OSHA cites Mid-America Steel Products Inc. in Corning, Arkansas, for 19 violations,
proposes $41K penalty
Employer name: Mid-America Steel Products Inc., doing business as American Sports Medical Industries
Site: Corning, Arkansas
Date inspection initiated: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration began its December 2014 inspection from a complaint alleging unguarded machinery and amputation hazards.
Investigation findings: OSHA cited the employer for 19 violations, 17 serious. The serious violations include failing to maintain a hearing conservation program for workers exposed to noise levels greater than 85 decibels, failing to provide required training, and not guarding machinery.
Proposed Penalties: $41,200
Quote: "When an employer fails to train workers and establish an energy control program, that employer is choosing to expose workers who service or maintain equipment to serious physical harm or death. And, that is unacceptable," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock.
Information: The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
Release Number: 15-660-DAL
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