Federal officials have cited an Ohio foundry with three repeated and 18 serious health violations for exposing employees to crystalline silica above the permissible exposure levels.
As a result, Liberty Casting Company in Delaware, Ohio, now faces $270,048 in penalties proposed by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
OSHA said its inspectors determined that the company failed to implement engineering and work practice controls to limit employee exposure to silica, provide and require the use of respirators, develop an exposure control plan and medical surveillance procedures, and train employees on OSHA’s silica standards.
The company also failed to provide personal protective equipment; conduct hazard assessments; use adequate machine guarding, and develop lockout/tagout control procedures; and exposed employees to fall and electrical hazards, according to OSHA.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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