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Oklahoma aeronautical parts maker endangers workers with safety hazards.

US Department of Labor finds Oklahoma aeronautical parts manufacturer exposed workers to numerous serious safety hazards

On February 21, 2024, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited an aeronautical parts manufacturer, LMI Finishing Inc., for exposing workers to nearly two dozen safety hazards at their plant in Catoosa, Oklahoma. The company, operating as Sonaca North America, faces $284,963 in penalties for 24 safety violations.

Serious Violations

OSHA inspectors found LMI Finishing Inc. in violation of 23 serious safety standards related to confined spaces, fall hazards, and blocked exit routes. Some of the key violations include:

  • Failure to evaluate hazards of permit space before entry.
  • Lack of procedures for safe entry into confined spaces.
  • Failure to ensure lift attachments were rated.
  • Use of electrical equipment with hazards.
  • Chemical containers not labeled.
  • Lack of exams for employees working with chromic acid.
  • Insufficient first aid procedures and supplies for certain chemicals.
  • Inadequate personal protective equipment for employees working with hazardous chemicals.

Additional Violation

Additionally, the company was cited for one other-than-serious violation for failing to ensure fire extinguishers were readily accessible. OSHA is conducting a concurrent health investigation into allegations of health hazards at the plant.

Implementing Safety Measures

To ensure the safety of workers in the workplace, employers should:

  • Regularly evaluate and identify potential hazards in the work environment.
  • Develop and implement safety procedures for entering confined spaces.
  • Provide appropriate training on the use of equipment and chemicals.
  • Ensure proper labeling of chemical containers.
  • Conduct regular health exams for employees exposed to hazardous substances.
  • Provide adequate personal protective equipment for all workers.
  • Ensure easy access to fire extinguishers and other emergency equipment.

Employers should prioritize the safety and well-being of their employees by creating a culture of safety in the workplace and adhering to OSHA safety standards.

Next Steps

LMI Finishing Inc. has 15 business days to comply with the citations and penalties, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

For more information on OSHA safety standards and regulations, visit the OSHA website.

Reference: US Department of Labor finds Oklahoma aeronautical parts manufacturer exposed workers to numerous serious safety hazards

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