A Bronx, New York manufacturer of fireproof doors faces $382,500 in proposed fines from OSHA for 76 alleged safety and health violations, including 14 instances of failing to correct hazards cited in previous OSHA inspections.
OSHA opened follow-up inspections on Gen-Cap Industries Inc. in May 2007 to verify correction of hazards cited in 2004, when the plant operated as JGB LLC, doing business as General Fireproof Doors.
As a result of its latest inspections, OSHA issued the company 14 notices for failure to abate, with $288,000 in proposed fines, for failing to develop a program and supply training and equipment to ensure that machines' power sources were shut down and locked out to prevent their accidental startup during maintenance; unguarded press brakes and welding machines; no eyewash facilities where required; no fire extinguisher training; no shielding on a spot welding machine to minimize burn hazards; and no hazard communication program and training.
The plant was supposed to have corrected these hazards but did not do so.
In addition, OSHA issued 13 repeat citations, with $27,600 in fines, for no hearing conservation program; sprinklers not kept free of paint deposits; failure to clean accumulated combustible debris; improper disposal of combustible material; failure to enforce the use of eye, face and foot protection; unsanitary bathrooms and toilets; no lead cleaning schedule; an unprotected electrical outlet; and unguarded grinders. The plant had been cited for substantially similar hazards in 2004.
Forty-nine serious citations, with $66,900 in fines, were issued for blocked, unmarked or unilluminated exits; blocked fire extinguisher access; no fire extinguisher for a battery charging area; a defective powered industrial truck; crane safety defects; numerous instances of unguarded machinery; a variety of electrical hazards; unsecured compressed gas cylinders; unbonded containers of flammables; uncleaned paint spray booth walls; defective respirators; inadequate personal protective equipment training and use; no respirator program; and no welding shield.
Gen-Cap has until Dec. 12 to request and participate in an informal conference with OSHA's area director or to contest these citations before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.