OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents|
The U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ford Motor Company, of Hamburg, New York, and proposed penalties of $57,125 against the firm for one alleged repeat violation and seven alleged serious violations of OSHA standards. The company has until March 31 to contest the citations.
According to OSHA area director David Boyce, the action results from an investigation begun following an accident at the plant on September 15, in which an employee was severely burned by an arc blast when a tool she was using contacted live electrical parts.
Ford was cited for failing to require employees to wear non-conductive head protection when working near live electrical parts, an alleged repeat violation carrying a proposed penalty of $25,000. A repeat violation is one for which an employer has been previously cited for the same or a substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. Ford was previously cited for this condition in Brook Park, Ohio, in October, 1998.
The alleged serious violations for which the employer was cited included:
The serious violations carry a total proposed penalty of $32,125.
A serious violation is defined as a condition which exists where there is a substantial possibility that death or serious physical harm can result.
The investigation was conducted by OSHA's Buffalo area office, located at 5360 Genesee Street, Bowmansville, New York, telephone (716) 684-3891.
|OSHA News Release - (Archived) Table of Contents|