Aluminum International LLC faces fines of up to $45,000 for
alleged safety violations, according to federal workplace
Ill.-based custom extrusion and drawn tubing firm is accused of
nine safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labors
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The
agency contends that Penn Aluminum had not provided adequate
machine guarding, lacked a guardrail around a fall hazard and
failed to evaluate whether some areas required confined entry
permits. The agency also accused Penn Aluminum of modifying
industrial trucks without manufacturer approval, failing to
keep floors dry and neglecting to inspect slings and fastenings
before using them or taking damaged slings out of service.
International has a responsibility to recognize the hazards
that exist in its facility and to train workers on proper
safety precautions and protocols," Tom Bielema, OSHAs
area director in Fairview Heights, Ill., said.
OSHA and Penn Aluminum
are engaged in an informal settlement process, and the company
is looking forward to a resolution of the matter, Matthew L.
Snyder, general manager of level wound coil, said in an e-mail
to AMM June 27.