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Domestic Casting facing $96,000 OSHA penalties

Keywords: Tags  Domestic Casting, iron foundry, OSHA, safety violations, Labor Department, Kevin Kilp, Rey Mashayekhi

NEW YORK — Domestic Casting Co. LLC is facing more than $96,000 in penalties from the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which has cited the company’s Shippensburg, Pa., foundry for numerous alleged workplace safety and health violations.

OSHA handed Domestic Casting four repeat citations, with a proposed penalty of $26,180, for allegedly failing to properly guard live electrical parts and install standard platform railings. OSHA said it cited the foundry for similar alleged violations in 2011 and 2012.

OSHA also issued citations for 19 alleged serious violations, with a proposed penalty of $70,070, for "multiple electrical and machine guarding hazards" and alleged overexposure to silica, sulfur dioxide and iron oxide and deficiencies in the company’s respiratory protection programs.

"By not correcting the cited hazards, this company continues to jeopardize the safety and health of its workers, which will not be tolerated," Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA’s Harrisburg, Pa., office, said in a statement. "OSHA will hold employers responsible when they fail to protect workers and provide safe and healthful workplaces."

An OSHA spokeswoman told AMM that "willful violations due to the employer’s plain indifference can carry large penalties and can have a negative impact on the ability to continue operations."

Domestic Casting could not be reached for comment. The company has 15 business days to comply with the citations, request an informal conference with OSHA or contest the citations and proposed penalties.

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