Aluminum Company Cited for Nine Safety Violations

The company was investigated under an OSHA emphasis program focusing on the primary metal industry.

Penn Aluminum International LLC in Illinois faces proposed fines of $45,000 after committing nine serious safety violations. The January investigation was a result of an OSHA emphasis on the primary metal industry.

"Penn Aluminum International has a responsibility to recognize the hazards that exist in its facility and to train workers on proper safety precautions and protocols," said Tom Bielema, OSHA's area director in Fairview Heights, in a statement on the OSHA website. "Compromising safety procedures can result in injuries and illness to workers. OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job."

Violations for inadequate machine guarding were cited, in addition to lack of guardrails around fall hazards.

“Additional violations include modifying powered industrial trucks without manufacturer's approval, failing to maintain floors in a dry condition and failing to inspect slings and fastenings prior to use and remove damaged slings from service,” according to an OSHA statement.

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