Thomson, Georgia — The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is proposing fines of $129,336 against HP Pelzer Systems Automotive.
OSHA cites HP Pelzer, possible $129,000 fine
OSHA cited HP Pelzer because an employee lost a fingertip on the job.
The worker was removing a gear box motor from an energised scissor lift on 3 August 2017, when the lift rotated unexpectedly, OSHA said.
OSHA said that HP Pelzer did not train the employee properly. The Thomson plant’s energy control procedures did not outline the steps for shutting down, isolating, blocking and securing hazardous equipment, OSHA said.
The plant failed to properly protect employees doing such work, the agency said.
OSHA gave the parts maker until 14 February 2018 to comply with the order. Alternatively, HP Pelzer can request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director or contest the citation.
This is the third time OSHA has cited the company’s Thomson facility for safety violations.
In February 2014, OSHA cited HP Pelzer and a staffing agency, Augusta, Georgia-based Sizemore, for 22 safety and health violations. Penalties totalled $207,100.
Also in September 2016, OSHA found 24 safety and health violations against HP Pelzer and Sizemore. At that time, penalties totalled $704,610.
According to OSHA, Sizemore terminated its staffing contract with HP Pelzer in May 2016. OSHA said this was because Sizemore, which supplied 300 workers to the plant was worried about staff safety.
Officials of the Thomson plant have not yet responded to a request for comments.
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