OSHA has cited Hobart Brothers Co., a manufacturer of welding wire and ground power equipment for airplanes in Troy, Ohio with a total of 55 safety and health violations including inadequate lockout/tagout programs, fall protection and noise sampling, among others. Proposed penalties total $174,600.
OSHA opened an inspection under the agency's Site-Specific Targeting program, which focuses on companies with injury and illness rates that exceed national standards. Hobart Brothers' injury and illness rate in 2008 was 5.9 percent per 100 workers, and in 2009 it was 6 percent per 100. The 2008 national average was 3.9, and the 2009 average was 3.6.