American Railcar Industries Inc., headquartered in Saint Charles, Mo., was cited by OSHA for ten serious safety violations after an employee was electrocuted while performing repair work on a tanker-style railcar on July 25th at the company’s work site near Marmaduke. Upon receiving a fatality report from the employer, OSHA initiated an investigation at the company’s facility and found that workers were being exposed to electrical shocks from welding equipment. The violations include:
• failing to provide personal protection for employees conducting cutting and welding operations;
• failing to properly mark the power supply and control boxes for voltage, current and wattage;
• failing to use fixed wiring instead of flexible cords and protect the wiring from possible damage;
• failing to remove defective electrical equipment from service; and
• failing to inspect and mark web slings.
American Railcar Industries, which employs about 260 workers at the Marmaduke facility and about 1,500 workers nationwide, designs and manufactures railcars. The proposed penalties total $61,400. The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, or request an informal conference with OSHA. Obviously, these are extremely serious violations if OSHA’s findings are correct.
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