OSHA Fines Firm $206K for Machine Hazards

September 20, 2019

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OSHA Fines Firm $206K for Machine Hazards
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued citations to Koller Industries, operating as Aurora Castings Services, for exposing workers at its Niagara, WI facility to machine hazards, the company announced in a release this week.

Aurora Castings received citations for failing to use guards on bench and grinder stands, train workers on lockout/tagout procedures, and properly set grinder tongue and work rest adjustments; exposing workers to hazards associated with grinding wheel breakage; permitting employees to use damaged flexible electrical cords, and not properly covering electrical openings. 

“The failure to properly test grinding wheels for defects, and use machine guarding and safety procedures exposes employees to serious injuries,” Robert Bonack, OSHA Area Director in Appleton, WI, said in a statement. “Employers should develop a comprehensive safety and health program to ensure that workers are provided a safe and healthful workplace.”

Aurora Castings is contesting OSHA’s findings and is slated to appear before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

The agency cited Aurora Castings for similar violations after an inspection in November 2015. 

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