Domestic Casting Co. LLC is facing more than $96,000 in
penalties from the Labor Departments Occupational Safety
and Health Administration (OSHA), which has cited the
companys 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 companys
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 OSHAs Harrisburg, Pa., office, said in
a statement. "OSHA will hold employers responsible when they
fail to protect workers and provide safe and healthful
An OSHA spokeswoman
told AMM that "willful violations due to the
employers plain indifference can carry large penalties
and can have a negative impact on the ability to continue
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.