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Global manufacturer cited for safety hazards at Columbus facility.

US Labor Department Cites Aludyne Columbus LLC for Safety Violations


In a recent development, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Aludyne Columbus LLC, a global manufacturer of metal cast auto parts, for exposing workers to respiratory and electrical hazards at its Columbus facility. The company faces a total of 22 serious violations and three other-than-serious violations, resulting in proposed penalties of $182,344.

Incident Details:

The investigation was initiated following a complaint inspection in August 2023, prompted by a severe injury suffered by a maintenance technician due to an electrical transformer explosion. The worker sustained injuries from an arc flash while replacing a blown fuse on a transformer, leading to hospitalization at Piedmont Hospital.


Among the key violations identified by OSHA were the failure to provide appropriate electrical suits for high voltage work, inadequate protection for workers near energized power lines, and exposure to high levels of respirable silica. The company also neglected to supply approved respirators, conduct fit testing for respirator wearers, provide protective equipment for chemical handling, and maintain emergency eye wash stations properly.

Response and Contention:

Aludyne Columbus LLC has contested the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, challenging the allegations raised by OSHA. The company is a prominent manufacturer of aluminum, magnesium, and iron cast automotive components, with operations across North America, South America, Europe, and China.

Safety Measures:

Employers are encouraged to prioritize worker safety by assessing hazards, implementing protective measures, and complying with safety regulations. OSHA provides valuable resources for developing workplace safety programs and offers compliance assistance to ensure adherence to standards.

For more information on safety and health programs, visit OSHA’s website. Employers can also seek guidance from Compliance Assistance Specialists for assistance in complying with OSHA regulations.

Reference: US Labor Department cites global manufacturer of metal cast, auto parts for exposing workers to respiratory, electrical hazards at its Columbus facility

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