Pennsylvania Railroad Parts Manufacturer Cited

A follow-up inspection found the company failed to develop and implement adequate lockout/tagout procedures, exposed workers to live electrical contacts, did not install machine guards, and exposed workers to fall hazards.

OSHA has found a casting and foundry facility operator continued to expose workers to machine and fall hazards, and that SanCasT Inc. has been cited for three repeated and four serious safety violations and faces $235,879 in proposed penalties.

Based in Wilmerding, Pa., SanCasT is a subsidiary of Wabtec, which manufactures parts and equipment for locomotives, freight cars, and passenger transit vehicles, according to OSHA.

A follow-up inspection found the company failed to develop and implement adequate lockout/tagout procedures, exposed workers to live electrical contacts, did not install machine guards, and exposed workers to fall hazards because guardrails lacked a top rail. OSHA had cited the company for similar violations in both 2013 and 2014, it reported.

"Companies cited repeatedly for the same safety violations demonstrate a lack of concern for employee safety," said Larry Johnson, OSHA's area director in Columbus. "Manufacturing facilities need to take a hard look at machinery operations, guarding and safety training to protect employees from injuries on the job."

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