Georgia Auto Parts Manufacturer Fined $129,336 for Safety Violations

Noria news wires

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited auto parts manufacturer HP Pelzer Systems Automotive for safety violations after an employee at the company’s production facility in Thomson, Georgia, suffered a finger amputation. The company faces proposed penalties totaling $129,336, which is the maximum amount allowed.

OSHA investigators found that the employee was removing a gearbox motor from an energized scissor lift when it rotated, severing the tip of the employee’s finger. OSHA cited the employer for one repeat citation for failing to train employees on energy-control procedures to prevent machines from unintentionally starting during maintenance and service. The investigation was initiated as a result of the amputation and under the agency’s regional emphasis program on safety hazards in the auto parts industry.

"Employers must provide adequate training and appropriate protective equipment to ensure the safety of their employees," said William Fulcher, OSHA’s Atlanta-east area office director. "This company has a history of repeated disregard for safety requirements, exposing workers to amputation hazards. OSHA will continue to hold this company accountable to ensure the safety of employees."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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