Still at it: Company continues to expose workers to amputations after 2013 tragedy
A follow-up inspection by OSHA at San Cast Inc. found workers still exposed to amputation and fall hazards at the Coshocton, Ohio, casting and foundry facility – despite previous citations stemming from a leg amputation suffered by a worker in June of 2013. OSHA has issued 17 additional violations, carrying proposed penalties of $155,900 as a result of the November 2013 inspection.
"San Cast continues to demonstrate a complete disregard for the health and safety of its workers by failing to correct known hazards," said Deborah Zubaty, the agency's area director in Columbus. "These hazards expose workers to potential lacerations and amputation injuries daily."
OSHA cited repeat violations for failing to protect employees from the ingoing nip points of belts, pulleys, chains and sprockets. San Cast also was cited for failing to protect employees from fall hazards associated with an unguarded platform. San Cast was cited for these violations in both March and September 2013.
San Cast also was cited for 11 serious safety violations involving lack of lockout/tagout procedures, exposing workers to struck-by hazards and failing to maintain an overhead trolley system. The company also failed to inspect cranes and hoists regularly, and broken crane wires were discovered.
To view the citations, visit. http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Sancast_946923.pdf*
San Cast is a subsidiary of Wabtec, based in Wilmerding, Pa. Wabtec employs about 8,500 workers worldwide and specializes in the manufacture of parts and equipment used on locomotives, freight cars and passenger transit vehicles. The Coshocton plant employs about 53 workers.