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Region 6 News Release: 14-1082-DAL
June 12, 2014
Contact: Diana Petterson      Juan Rodriguez
Phone: 972-850-4710      972-850-4709
Email: petterson.diana@dol.gov      rodriguez.juan@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites seat belt and air bag manufacturer for
exposing workers to serious noise and machine hazards
Higuchi International Corp. fined $102,600

SAN ANTONIO – Higuchi International Corp., doing business as Higuchi Manufacturing America LLC, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for nine violations, including eight serious citations and one willful violation, for exposing workers to unsafe noise levels and machinery at its Elmendorf facility. OSHA began its inspection of the vehicular seat belt and automotive air bag components manufacturer in December 2013 after receiving a worker complaint. Proposed penalties total $102,600.

"By failing to provide required safety procedures for workers who operate machinery, such as the stamping presses used at Higuchi Manufacturing, the company put these workers in harm's way. This indifference to worker safety will not be tolerated," said Kelly C. Knighton, OSHA's area director in San Antonio. "The history of injuries and fatalities with these types of machines has proven that employer attention and action keeps workers safe."

A willful violation, with a penalty of $63,000, was cited for failing to establish safety procedures for workers who service and maintain machinery that uses locks, tags and training to protect workers from moving machine parts. The employer knew of these hazards, but failed to implement proper safety procedures to protect workers. Bodily injuries, amputations and death can result from unc