A New Jersey aluminum manufacturer faces more than $169,000 in penalties after being cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Monday for an August incident in which a steel plate that fell from an uninspected crane crushed a worker's foot.
OSHA cited Aluminum Shapes LLC for workplace safety and health hazards at its foundry in Delair, New Jersey. The violations charge that the company failed to to report the injury to OSHA within 24 hours, failed to conduct annual crane inspections and failed to balance and secure the load properly.
The federal agency placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program for repeated safety failures.
“Aluminum Shapes continues to disregard their legal responsibility to comply with safety and health standards,” said OSHA area director Paula Dixon-Roderick. “Employers have an obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their workers.”
The company has 15 business days to comply with regulations, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the findings before an independent OSHA commission.