Auto Parts Manufacturer Fined $106,000 for Repeat Safety Violations

Posted on 8/11/2016 by Roger Marks

An auto parts manufacturer and its staffing agency will pay $106,000 in OSHA fines to settle allegations they failed to meet their responsibilities for providing a safe workplace. 
For its part in the violations, the staffing agency will pay $18,900. OSHA cited the staffing agency for the following violations:
The auto parts manufacturer will pay more—about $87,000—for failure to properly guard machines like crimpers, presses, air leak testers, endformers, and benders and thus exposing employees to amputation and crush-by hazards. Many of the employer’s violations are repeat violations, which inflates the penalty amount, and also led OSHA to consider including the employer in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.  

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