The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found that an Alabama auto supplier has been willfully exposing its employees to dangers that could lead to amputation. Daeil USA Corp. makes parts for Hyundai and Kia in Valley, Ala. OSHA issued citations for one willful, five repeated, and 10 serious violations, and one “other-than-serious” violation. OSHA has proposed Daeil, which has 115 workers at this facility, pay $171,870 in penalties. The investigation found violations including:
• Not providing locks that would prevent robots from accidentally activating during maintanence.
• Not having stop buttons on conveyor lines be red. OSHA cited Daeil for similar violations in 2013.
• Not having protective screens and shields in place during welding.
• Having wet floors, which are a slipping hazard.
• Having unguarded machinery, which could potentially lead to amputation.
• Not having a noise monitoring program.
• Not having an eyewash station for workers who handle corrosive materials.
• Not giving OSHA workplace injury laws within four hours.
Joseph Roesler, OSHA’s area director in Mobile, said in a statement:
Management at this facility has adopted a productivity-over-safety mentality and repeatedly claims that it is ‘too expensive’ to address the safety hazards found in this workplace. The safety culture of this company must change immediately; protecting workers must always come before profit margins.
OSHA inspected Daeil as part of its Regional Emphasis Program on Safety in the Auto Industry, a program that aims to reduce risk in the auto industry in Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi. Daeil has 15 business days from when it got the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Source: Kelly Poe at AL.com
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