OSHA Busts Manufacturer for Burn Hazards, Issues $55,000 Fine

The violation was cited after an investigation prompted by a complaint determined that employees working on mold machines and exposed to hot temperatures that could result in burns were provided with ineffective personal protective equipment.

OSHA has cited Miniature Precision Components Inc. with one willful violation for failing to provide effective personal protective equipment for workers at its Richland Center, Wis., facility. Proposed fines total $55,000.

"Failing to protect employees from burns while they are working with materials manufactured at high temperatures shows a disregard for their safety," said Kim Stille, OSHA's area director in Madison. "Employers have a responsibility to be aware of the hazards that exist in their workplace and ensure that work environments are healthful and safe."

The violation was cited after an investigation prompted by a complaint determined that employees working on mold machines and exposed to hot temperatures that could result in burns were provided with ineffective personal protective equipment.

Miniature Precision Components designs and produces injection molded components. The company's corporate headquarters is located in Walworth, Wis., with facilities in Prairie du Chien and Delavan, as well as in Michigan and Arizona. Prior to this inspection, the company's Richland Center facility, which employs approximately 110 workers, had been inspected by OSHA a total of five times since 1999, resulting in the issuance of 11 citations.

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