OSHA: Metal Plating Company Exposes Workers to Noise, Toxic Metal Hazards

OSHA has proposed $157K in fines for the Illinois company

OSHA announced that it took enforcement action after a company's employees in Cicero, Ill., were exposed to metal, machinery, and live electrical hazards because their employer failed to follow federal safety and health requirements. OSHA cited Electrical Plating Co. for one willful, eight repeated, eight serious, and one other-than-serious safety violation. The citations are available here.

"OSHA inspectors found multiple preventable safety and health hazards in this facility, eight of which Electronic Plating violated in 2011," said Kathy Webb, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "Employers cited for repeated violations are failing their employees and their obligation to provide a safe and healthy working environment."

Some of the violations included failure to implement a continuing, effective hearing conservation program; lack of personal protective equipment for metal and other hazardous chemical exposure; electrical safety hazards; and inadequate worker training on hazardous chemicals used in the facility, according to OSHA.

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