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Aluminum castings supplier is cited by OSHA, faces fine

Keywords: Tags  Reliable Castings, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, Kim Nelson, aluminum die casting, Nathan Laliberte

NEW YORK — A major supplier of aluminum castings has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 14 alleged safety and health violations carrying proposed penalties of $293,700.

Cincinnati-based Reliable Castings Corp. was handed the citations after an inspection allegedly found that workers were exposed to struck-by, crushing and amputation hazards at the company’s aluminum die casting manufacturing facility in Sidney, Ohio.

"OSHA’s inspectors found a facility with multiple hazards and where safety was continually compromised," Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo, Ohio, said in a statement. "Reliable Castings Corp. has a responsibility to train its workers and to implement all required safety procedures."

Among the 14 violations, eight were flagged as serious violations. A violation is considered serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known existed, according to OSHA.

Reliable Castings employs about 140 workers at the Sidney facility and about 130 workers at its Cincinnati location. OSHA has inspected the company 14 previous times since 1999, resulting in 56 cited violations.

A representative from the company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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