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Crane Accident Leads to $308K in Fines for NJ Aluminum Plant

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Camden, NJ – OSHA officials have cited a southern New Jersey aluminum services plant for a proposed $308,000 in fines for dangerous workplace hazards after an employee suffered a broken leg while operating a crane.

OSHA opened an investigation on April 15 after the company disclosed that an employee had broken his leg at the plant this March during an accident involving a crane. Inspectors found a collection of damaged electrical equipment at the plant, including malfunctioning control boxes on a crane, in addition to a slew of other safety hazards.

Aluminum Shapes, LLC was cited Sept. 21, 2015 after an investigation found 44 safety violations at the company’s Pennsauken Township plant. The Delair (NJ)-based aluminum extruder and fabricator received citations for one willful violation, three repeat violations, 35 serious violations, and five other-than-serious violations related to the March 2015 incident, which led to the employee’s hospitalization.

The willful citation involved electrical equipment with damaged parts that could adversely affect the safe operation or mechanical strength of the equipment, according to the citations document. The repeat violations involved damaged pendant control boxes for the crane while the serious violations included unguarded floor openings, according to the citations. The employer’s failure to report the hospitalization to OSHA within 24 hours and implement a hazard communication program led to other-than-serious violations, the citations stated.

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