For the eighth time since 2011, Domestic Casting’s iron foundry has been investigated, cited, and fined by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration for not protecting its employees from safety and health hazards. OSHA’s three most recent inspections in June and July 2014 at the Shippensburg, Pa., facility found 27 total violations and issued $152,912 in fines for many dangers previously found by OSHA inspectors, including fall, machine guarding, and sling hazards.
Deficiencies in the foundry’s lockout/tagout and respiratory protection programs, as well as electrical, fall, and machine guard hazards, were among the 12 repeat violations, carrying a $76,692 penalty. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Domestic Casting was previously cited for these same violations in 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Had the company had proper electrical safety training, some these fines could have been prevented. Electrical fines are one of the most common fines and the fifth leading cause of workplace fatalities. They are also one of the easiest to fix since standards like NFPA 70E and the National Electrical Code spell out almost all the things which OSHA will cite.