The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited an aluminum manufacturing company in Camden County that has a long history of noncompliance with OSHA standards.
The company was cited for 51 safety and health violations with proposed penalties of $1,922,895.
OSHA has inspected the company’s facility since 2011 and cited the employer for 60 violations and assessed $516,753 in penalties. During this year’s inspection of the facility, OSHA inspectors found out that two employees were hospitalized because of separate workplace incidents. The first one happened when employees entered a tank to drain residual sludge containing dehydrated sodium hydroxide, aluminum oxide and decomposed metal. After informing their supervisor that they were experiencing chemical burns to their skin and attempting to wash off the chemicals, the workers were told to re-enter the tank, where they suffered further chemical injuries, resulting in the hospitalization of one of the employees.
The second incident involved a machine operator who suffered a broken pelvis after being caught between the unguarded moving parts of a metal fabrication machine.
The company was issued willful citations for its failure in providing appropriate personal protective equipment, conducting air monitoring prior to permit-required confined space entry, having an attendant during permit-required confined space entry, completing a required confined space entry permit to identify, evaluating and controlling hazards in the space, providing confined space training, utilizing proper Lockout/Tagout (Control of Hazardous Energy) Procedures, providing workers with locks and hardware to lock out equipment being serviced, maintained, or repaired, utilizing group lockout procedures, training workers in Lockout/Tagout as well as for its lack of specific procedures for the use of blocking devices.
“Despite its lengthy OSHA history, Aluminum Shapes still does not comply with federal safety and health standards,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “These hazards leave workers vulnerable to the risk of serious injury and possible death.”
The company was also cited for repeat violations, including fall hazards, lack of stair rails and machine guarding, and electrical hazards. The company was also issued serious citations for inadequate ladders, inappropriate respiratory and hearing protection, insufficient entry permits, and lack of machine guarding and hazardous chemical training. It was also cited for other-than-serious violations including its failure to record each injury on its injury log.
“Aluminum Shapes’ extensive list of violations reflects a workplace that does not prioritize worker safety and health,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.
“The company can more effectively protect its workers by implementing a comprehensive safety and health management system.”