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Region 5 News Release: 12-76-CHI
Jan. 24, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Labor Department's OSHA cites Michigan-based International Automotive
Components in Huron, Ohio, after worker injured during crane operations

HURON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited International Automotive Components LLC with 10 serious safety violations at its Huron manufacturing facility. The inspection was initiated Nov. 2 based on a complaint alleging that a worker's finger was crushed when a mold being lifted by a remote-controlled crane swung into his hand.

"International Automotive Components has a responsibility to follow established safety standards, and to ensure that employees are protected from hazards and properly trained," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."

Violations related to the incident include failing to make sure employees did not perform tasks under suspended loads and were kept clear of loads about to be lifted by cranes. Additional violations include failing to provide employees working on presses with fall protection and a safe means of access to the molds, lock out the energy sources of machinery during maintenance, provide a backrest extension on forklifts and guard a pinch point created by rotating parts. Finally, improper wiring methods exposed workers to electrical hazards. 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.

Headquartered in Southfield, Mich., International Automotive Components has more than 12,000 workers in North America and six other Ohio facilities, located in Canton, Dayton, Fremont, Holmesville, Sidney and Wauseon. This inspection was the first at the Huron location, but the company's Sidney and Canton sites have been inspected a combined seven times since 2007, resulting in citations for 22 violations.

Proposed fines based on this latest inspection total $59,500. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Toledo Area Office at 419-259-7542.

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.

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