The Washington Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) cited National Products Inc., and slapped the company with $253,320 in fines for more than two dozen serious and willful worker safety and health violations.
The violations at the Seattle-based manufacturer of electronics mounting systems and other products were discovered during three separate inspections earlier this year.
One of the inspections was conducted by L&I after a worker was burned by molten aluminum. Workers were carrying molten aluminum from one machine to another in ladles slung over their backs. They were also not wearing proper personal protection equipment, which put them at grave risk for injury.
A second inspection at another National Products was initiated after a worker lost several fingers while operating machinery that was in disrepair. The facility had five trimming presses that had emergency stop buttons that were either blocked, missing or broken.
“We’ve cited this employer before for several of these very serious hazards, but the company continues to put its workers at risk,” said Anne Soiza, L&I’s assistant director for the Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Because of National Products is a repeat offender, the company was designated a severe violator, which carries consequences such as follow-up inspections at any of their facilities.
“Workplace injuries and illnesses are preventable, and many of these hazards are easy to control,” Soiza said. “There’s just no excuse for continually putting workers at risk.”
National Products has 15 business to appeal the L&I citations.
Source: Washington State Department of Labor & Industries