A recent OSHA inspection of C.I.L. Inc.’s Lawrence, Mass. plant found hazards at the plant similar to those cited during inspections in 2005 and 2007, resulting in repeat and serious citations totaling $49,280 in proposed fines.
"Left uncorrected, these conditions expose employees to the hazards of fire, electrocution and electric shock," said Jeffrey Erskine, OSHA's area director for Essex and Middlesex counties.
Investigators found extension cords used in place of permanent wiring to power equipment and inadequate air velocity for a paint spray booth. The first condition poses an electrocution or electric shock hazard to workers while the second could expose them to hazardous fumes and/or a buildup of flammable vapors. These formed the basis of the two repeat citations.
The five serious citations were for inadequate ventilation in an area where flammable materials are stored; waste cans and other materials stored too close to paint spray booths; excess air pressure for a cleaning hose; unlabeled electric circuits; and the use of unapproved electrical equipment in an area where flammable paints and solvents are mixed.
C.I.L. Inc., which performs metal finishing, anodizing and hard coat services, was inspected under OSHA's Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on workplaces with higher-than-average injury and illness rates.
"It's imperative that the employer address these issues thoroughly to ensure their correction and prevent them from happening again," said Erskine.