Domestic Casting Co. LLC has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 26 reported safety violations found at its Shippensburg foundry.
The company faces $163,240 in proposed penalties for seven repeat, 16 serious, and three other-than-serious safety violations. OSHA initiated an inspection in August 2012 in response to a complaint.
Carrying a $90,860 penalty, the repeat violations included open-sided floors and platforms that were not guarded with standard railings and other safety features; permanent, durable identification was not affixed to alloy steel slings; pulleys were not properly guarded; sprocket wheels and chains were not enclosed; electrical hazards; and pull and junction boxes and fittings were not provided with approved covers.
The company was cited for similar violations in 2011 and 2013.
The serious violations, with a $72,380 penalty, include:
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violations, with no penalty, were due to stair rails without an immediate rail and damaged equipment parts.
Domestic Casting Co. has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Harrisburg, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.