omestic Casting Co. LLC has been cited by OSHA for 26 alleged safety violations found at its Shippensburg foundry. The company faces $163,240 in proposed penalties for seven repeat, 16 serious, and three other-than-serious safety violations. OSHA initiated an inspection in August 2013 in response to a complaint.
“Compromising worker safety will not be tolerated. Domestic Casting continues to put its workers at risk of serious injury or possible death by not addressing and correcting these hazards,” said Kevin Kilp, director of OSHA’s Harrisburg Area Office. “Employers that fail to uphold their responsibility to protect workers and provide a safe and healthful workplace will be held accountable.”
Carrying a $90,860 penalty, the repeat violations included:
The company was cited for similar violations in 2011 and 2013. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.
The serious violations, with a $72,380 penalty, include:
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
The other-than-serious violations, with no penalty, were due to stair rails without an immediate rail and damaged equipment parts. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.
Domestic Casting Co. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Harrisburg, or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.