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Region 3 News Release: 11-782-PHI (osha 11-047)
May 25, 2011
Contact: Leni Uddyback-Fortson      Joanna Hawkins
Phone: 215-861-5102      215-861-5101
Email: uddyback-fortson.lenore@dol.gov      hawkins.joanna@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Shippensburg, Pa.,
iron foundry for workplace safety and health hazards

SHIPPENSBURG, Pa. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Domestic Casting Inc. LLC for exposing workers to safety and health hazards at its Shippensburg facility. Proposed penalties total $44,300.

OSHA initiated an inspection on Feb. 22 as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on industries with high injury and illness rates. As a result, the company was cited for four repeat violations, with a penalty of $18,400, and nine serious violations, with a penalty of $25,900. The employer also was cited for four other-than-serious violations, which carry no penalty.

"Each of these violations left foundry workers vulnerable to hazards that could cause serious injuries and possible death," said Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA's Harrisburg, Pa., area office. "It's vital that the company correct these hazards to protect its employees."

The repeat violations include a lack of guardrails on work platforms greater than 4 feet above the ground, a lack of eyewash and shower, and unguarded machinery. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

The serious violations include open pits with no covers, a lack of handrails on stairways, a lack of or inadequate energy control procedures, a lack of energy control training, a lack of machine guarding and a lack of guarding for live electrical parts. A serious violation occurs when