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August 22, 2012
OSHA hammers metal producer with 26 alleged safety violations

OSHA has cited specialty metal forgings producer A. Finkl & Sons Company. The proposed violations, which carry a total of $352,700 in fines, include willfuls for failing to provide fall protection around open pits and for failing to fix multiple hazards found in crane inspections.

The inspection was initiated in February after OSHA received a complaint about the employer. It claimed that cranes used at the site were in disrepair and had malfunctioning hoisting brakes, and that powered industrial trucks were being operated by untrained workers.

There were 22 serious violations for a variety of infractions involving hoists, ladders, gas storage, lockout/tagout procedures, and electrical safety. One repeat violation was for failing to ensure that powered industrial trucks were examined before being placed into service and for failing to keep the trucks in proper condition.

“A. Finkl & Sons Company has demonstrated a blatant disregard for the safety of its employees. When employers fail in their responsibility to provide a safe workplace, OSHA will take all necessary action to protect workers on the job,” said OSHA Regional Administrator Nick Walters.

Because of the willful and repeat violations and the nature of the hazards, OSHA placed the employer in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

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