OSHA has cited A & B Foundry & Machining LLC of Franklin, Ohio with 33 health and safety violations, including four repeat. The Nov. 15, 2012, inspection was initiated under the national emphasis program targeting the primary metals industry. Proposed fines total $170,107.
"A & B Foundry & Machining has a responsibility to train and protect workers from known industry hazards, such as exposure to noise, respiratory and machine guarding," said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA's area director in Cincinnati.
Four repeat violations involve failing to provide fire extinguisher, noise and chemical hazards training; perform medical evaluations of workers required to use respirators and to fit-test respirators. The same violations were cited in 2009.
Twenty-six serious violations include failing to ensure use of personal protective equipment, prevent use of damaged personal protective equipment and conduct annual audiograms. OSHA also found fall hazards, poor housekeeping, inoperative safety latches on crane hoists, lack of machine guarding on multiple machines, electric safety violations, and a failure to train workers on and conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures.
Three other-than-serious violations include not conducting performance evaluations for forklift operators, a partially blocked exit door and lack of certification of a workplace hazard assessment.
The current citations may be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AandBFoundryMachiningLLC_737142_0514_13.pdf http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/AandBFoundryMachiningLLC_736661_0514_13.pdf
The facility employs about 55 workers and, since 2004, four previous inspections have resulted in multiple citations.