OSHA Cites Aircraft Component Company for Energy Control Hazards

The serious violations involve failing to properly guard machinery and provide training on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent equipment from being unexpectedly energized.

OSHA has cited aircraft component manufacturer Sifco Forge Group in Cleveland for one repeat and 12 serious safety violations. Proposed fines total $84,370.

"Employers have a responsibility to maintain safe working environments, which includes ensuring that workers are trained in recommended safety procedures for the daily tasks they perform," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."

The repeat violation was cited for failing to complete, document, and certify annual inspections of energy control procedures. Sifco was cited for this violation at the same facility in 2010.

The serious violations involve failing to properly guard machinery, provide training on lockout/tagout procedures to prevent equipment from being unexpectedly energized, develop and maintain a written fire safety program, develop and enforce the use of die setting procedures for mechanical power presses, and examine powered industrial trucks prior to each shift.

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