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Lockout Dangers Equal $106K in Fines for AL Auto Parts Manufacturer

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Auburn, AL – In a Jan 2016 inspection of the Pyongsan America, Inc. facility in Auburn (AL), OSHA uncovered 11 safety violations, including 4 repeat violations and several examples of lockout dangers. The inspection was part of OSHA’s Regional Emphasis Program on Safety Hazards in the Auto Parts Industry. Pyongsan America, Inc. and Surge Staffing LLC face a combined $106,020 in fines after workers were found to be at risk of amputation.

The inspection found workers exposed to being caught-in machinery, hit by objects and the risk of amputation Auburn (AL) facility where Pyonglockout dangerssan America manufactures heating, ventilation and air conditioning hoses for Hyundai, Kia, Chrysler and General Motors.

Surge Staffing Agency, also based in Auburn, provides approximately 50 temporary employees to Pyongsan America. OSHA issued two serious citations to Surge for failing to train employees and protect them from crushing and amputation hazards.

OSHA issued four repeated citations to Pyongsan for Lockout Tagout failures – Pyongsan was found to have consistently neglected to develop and implement proper procedures to prevent machinery from starting-up during maintenance or servicing, conduct periodic inspections of the energy control procedures, and/or train employees performing work on hazardous energy sources.

OSHA cited Pyongsan for two serious violations for not requiring workers to de-energize equipment when changing out parts on machinery and exposing employees to amputation hazards due to ineffective machine guarding on the mechanical power presses.

To prevent these kinds of amputation hazards, OSHA requires lockout procedures written for each piece of equipment. These lockout/tagout procedures provide detailed instructions on how to isolate and lock each energy source for a given piece of equipment, helping to prevent the unexpected energization or startup of machinery and equipment, or the release of hazardous energy during service or maintenance activities. Martin Technical’s Rapid LOTO lockout procedure development program is designed to provide high quality procedures that are easy to follow.

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