Aluminum Manufacturer Faces  
1.9M in OSHA Safety Fines  
n aluminum manufacturing  
company that produces prod-  
ucts used in the glass and glaz-  
ing industry is facing nearly $2 million  
in fines from the U.S. Department of  
Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health  
Administration (OSHA).  
In July 2017, Aluminum Shapes LLC  
of Delair, N.J., was hit with 51 safety  
and health violations and proposed  
penalties of $1,922,895 in the wake of  
an OSHA inspection that began in Jan-  
uary of the year. It’s the latest in a long  
streak of OSHA citations for the com-  
pany. Since 2011, the agency has in-  
spected the facility eight times, issuing  
516,753 in penalties for 60 violations. ide, aluminum oxide and decomposed pelvis was broken after being caught  
The most recent string of violations metal, according to OSHA. After tell- between the unguarded moving parts  
occurred between January and April ing their supervisors that they were of a metal fabrication machine.  
OSHA issued willful citations due to  
017, according to OSHA documents.  
During its 2017 inspection, OSHA skin and attempting to wash off the what it says was the company’s failure to:  
inspectors learned that two employ- chemicals, employees were directed to Provide appropriate personal protec-  
ees had been hospitalized as a result of re-enter the tank, where they suffered tive equipment;  
separate workplace incidents. further chemical injuries. That led to Conduct air monitoring prior to per-  
In the first incident, two employees the hospitalization of one employee. mit-required confined space entry;  
entered a tank to drain residual sludge OSHA says the second incident oc- Have an attendant during permit-  
experiencing chemical burns to their  
containing dehydrated sodium hydrox- curred when a machine operator’s  
required confined space entry;  
Complete a required confined space  
entry permit to identify, evaluate and  
control hazards in the space;  
Provide confined space training;  
Utilize proper lockout/tagout  
• Provide workers with locks and  
hardware to lock out equipment  
being serviced, maintained or  
• Have specific procedures for the use  
of blocking devices in place;  
• Utilize group lockout procedures,and;  
• Train workers in lockout/tagout.  
“Despite its lengthy OSHA history,  
Aluminum Shapes still does not com-  
OSHA Launches New App  
he Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently  
launched the Injury Tracking Application (ITA), a web-based form that  
allows employers to submit required injury and illness data from their  
completed 2016 OSHA Form 300A electronically. The application is accessible  
from the ITA webpage.  
In June, OSHA published a notice of proposed rulemaking to extend the  
deadline for submitting 2016 Form 300A to December 1, 2017, to give busi-  
nesses time to familiarize themselves with the electronic reporting system,  
and to provide the new administration an opportunity to review the new elec-  
tronic reporting requirements prior to their implementation.  
The data submission process will involve four steps: (1) Creating an estab-  
lishment; (2) adding summary data; (3) submitting the data to OSHA; and (4)  
reviewing the confirmation email.  
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ply with federal safety and health stan- says Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional ad- been diligent in addressing the issues  
dards,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, ministrator in New York.“The company OSHA cited in past inspections. The  
director of OSHA’s Marlton, N.J., area can more effectively protect its work- vast majority of the issues raised in  
office on July 21, 2017.“These hazards ers by implementing a comprehensive these past inspections were addressed  
leave workers vulnerable to the risk of safety and health management system.” before OSHA’s latest visit. The invest-  
serious injury and possible death.”  
Aluminum Shapes issued a state- ments we have made in the facility—  
OSHA also cited the company for ment to USGlass on July 24, 2017 say- from the millions of dollars we have  
repeat violations, including fall haz- ing it had taken numerous steps to put toward safety improvements to the  
ards, lack of stair rails and machine improve worker safety before OSHA’s new equipment that is safer and more  
guarding, and electrical hazards.Addi- most recent citations.  
tionally,Aluminum Shapes received se-  
efficient—are working. However, OS-  
“Prior to OSHA’s findings, and as HA’s new fee structure results in higher  
rious citations for inadequate ladders, part of our larger revitalization and fine amounts and unfair media atten-  
inappropriate respiratory and hearing modernization efforts, we began work- tion, even as conditions improve.”  
protection, insufficient entry permits, ing to improve safety throughout our  
and lack of machine guarding and haz- facility, tripling the number of safety parts used by several industries, in-  
ardous chemical training.  
professionals, hiring an OSHA spe- cluding curtainwall, storefront, and  
Other-than-serious violations in- cialist to help guide our compliance doors and windows.  
cluded the company’s failure to record efforts, and adding a widely-respected  
Aluminum Shapes has contested  
each injury on its injury log.  
safety professional to our management the findings to the independent Oc-  
Aluminum Shapes’ extensive list of team,” the statement reads.“These im- cupational Safety and Health Review  
Aluminum Shapes manufactures  
violations reflects a workplace that does provements have made a significant, Commission. The decision of the com-  
not prioritize worker safety and health,” positive impact on our culture.We have mission has not yet been released. s  
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