The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) levied approximately $158,020 in fines against Auburn, Ala., auto parts manufacturer SCA Inc., as well as its employee recruitment company Liberty Staffing, citing an extremely high number of dangerous safety violations to which employees have been exposed. OSHA says workers are at risk from on-the-job falls, amputations and electrocution.
SCA, which supplies parts including blowers, heaters and evaporators for Hyundai, Kia and Ford, and Liberty Staffing received a total of 21 citations from OSHA. SCA has been issued fines by OSHA several times since 2008, while Liberty Staffing has not been cited previously for exposing workers to the company’s many hazards.
Joseph Roesler, the Mobile, Ala., area OSHA director, issued a statement saying, “Host employers, as well as the temporary staffing agencies, have the responsibility to protect their employees from being exposed to hazards in the workplace and should not wait for an OSHA inspection to identify safety and health deficiencies.”
Hazards involving falling and compressed air resulted in four repeat citations to SCA. Severe citations were issued to Liberty Staffing for failing to require that SCA have railings installed or electrocution hazards remedied. According to AL.com, a repeat citation carries more weight since the citation was given before in the last five years. The same four hazards were cited by OSHA back in 2010 and 2011, so SCA was aware of the issues at hand, according to the OSHA citation.
Other citations given to SCA and Liberty Staffing included the following safety violations: no proper working eye and body wash station, allowing employees to operate some machines without appropriate protection and not having gas cylinders secured.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are required to provide a safe, healthful workplace for their employees. OSHA’s job is to ensure these conditions for all of America’s workers by setting and enforcing safety standards, while providing training, education and assistance to Americans.