Poor HazCom plan, lack of fall protection get Pa. company in hot water
OSHA has cited Danco Precision Inc. in Phoenixville with 14 safety violations found at the company's manufacturing facility. The agency's March investigation, initiated as part of the agency's Site-Specific Targeting Program for industries with high injury and illness rates, resulted in $55,500 in proposed penalties.
Thirteen serious violations involve failing to control potentially hazardous energy, have and implement a hazard communication plan that includes employee training, provide barriers to protect employees from falls, conduct a personal protective equipment assessment and provide protective equipment for various operations, provide and certify powered industrial truck training, provide hand tools to clear machine scraps, provide material safety data sheets, implement die-setting procedures, inspect alloy steel slings, address deficiencies with mechanical power presses including a lack of proper guarding, use safety blocks when setting dies, perform inspections of all presses and properly label containers of chemicals. One other-than serious violation is failing to create and post an annual summary of injuries and illnesses.
Danco Precision Inc. employs approximately 40 workers who manufacture lamination dies, metal stampings, electrical magnetic cores, carbide dies, specialty tools and precision machine parts that are sold internationally.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, ask for an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.