WAUKESHA, Wis. (Dec. 22, 2011)—The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited rubber parts fabricator Acme Machell Co. Inc. for 22 violations—six of those repeat violations—following inspections at the firm's Waukesha facility. OSHA proposed fines of $77,600.
Five repeat violations are for failing to implement a hazard communication plan, train first-aid responders on an exposure control plan to protect against exposure to bloodborne pathogens and diseases, offer hepatitis B vaccines to designated first-aid responders, review or update the exposure control plan, and maintain a list of chemicals being used in the facility along with relevant material data safety sheets. The last repeat violation was for failing to properly guard the rear area of a press.
Acme Machell was cited for all of these violations in 2007.
OSHA also issued two serious health violations for failing to properly maintain fire extinguishers and failing to maintain adequate air pressure in air nozzles used for cleaning. Six serious safety violations involved electrical deficiencies, failing to evaluate and audit energy control procedures annually, failing to adequately train workers on hazardous energy control procedures and a lack of personal protective equipment.
The agency also issued eight other-than-serious health and safety violations.
OSHA said the firm 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.
Acme Machell officials could not be reached for comment.