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Region 4 News Release: 10-1072-ATL (467)
Aug. 9, 2010
Contact: Michael D'Aquino       Michael Wald
Email: D'Aquino.Michael@dol.gov    Wald.Michael@dol.gov
Phone: 404-562-2076      404-562-2078

US Labor Department's OSHA cites AAR Summa Technology in Huntsville,
Ala., with proposed penalties of $191,500 for 22 safety and health violations

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued 22 citations against AAR Summa Technology for exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its Huntsville plant. Proposed penalties total $191,500.

"Management needs to show a commitment to worker safety and health consistent with this company's ranking as one of the top defense contractors in the world," said Roberto Sanchez, OSHA's area director in Birmingham, Ala.

OSHA began its inspection in February after receiving a complaint about hazards at the facility, which produces military aircraft parts. Two willful safety violations were issued for failing to provide proper lockout/tagout procedures of energy sources for workers performing maintenance and service functions on machinery, and for failing to provide protective machine guards on equipment. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Sixteen serious safety violations were issued for failing to repair or replace hooks used to lift and hold shop fabricated lifting devices, allowing materials to obstruct the exit pathways, failing to properly maintain machinery, exposing workers to electrical hazards, failing to train workers on hazards associated with aluminum dust, and using excessively pressurized compressed air to clean off parts.

Three serious health violations were issued for exposing workers to noise