CHICAGO Penn Aluminum International LLC faces fines of up to $45,000 for alleged safety violations, according to federal workplace safety officials.
The Murphysboro, 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.
"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," 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.