The federal government has proposed fining Bradken Inc., an Amite steel foundry, $146,000 for safety violations, including failing to repair damaged electrical equipment and grounding electrical equipment, government officials said Monday.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Bradken with 27 serious violations and seven violations considered “other-than-serious” for exposing workers to safety and health violations at the steel alloy casting facility in Amite, according to an OSHA news release. A serious violation occurs when there is “substantial probability” that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard that the employer knew about or should have known about, the release says. Other-than-serious violations include failing to keep exits clear, making fire extinguishers easily accessible, and making breaker panels easily accessible and properly labeled.
OSHA’s Baton Rouge-area office found workers were exposed to mechanical, welding, electrical and confined space hazards.
The serious violations included failing to: repair damaged and unguarded electrical equipment, such as safety switches and control panels; ground electrical equipment; properly splice electrical cords; properly store compressed gas cylinders and ensure that shut-off valves were accessible; and provide hazardous energy control equipment.
“Employers are responsible for recognizing the hazards that exist in their facilities and fixing them,” Dorinda Folse, OSHA’s area director in Baton Rouge, said in the release. “Failing to take precautions against safety and health hazards unnecessarily puts workers at risk of serious injuries and illnesses.”