Aluminum manufacturing company fined $1.92 million by OSHA for safety and health violations

Aluminum manufacturing company’s history of safety violations continues, putting employees at Camden County facility at risk of serious injuries.

OSHA has again cited a Camden County aluminum manufacturing company – Aluminum Shapes LLC of Delair, NJ – with a long history of noncompliance with OSHA standards – this time for 51 safety and health violations and proposed penalties of $1,922,895 in connection with the two incidents.

  • The first incident occurred when employees entered a tank to drain residual sludge containing dehydrated sodium hydroxide and decomposed metal. Workers told supervisors they were experiencing chemical burns to their skin. One of the employees had to be hospitalized.
  • The second incident occurred when a machine operator broke his pelvis after being caught between unguarded moving parts of a machine.
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OSHA issued willful citations for failure to:

  • Provide appropriate personal protective equipment
  • Conduct air monitoring before permit-required confined space entry
  • Have an attendant during permit-required confined space entry
  • Complete a confined space entry permit to identify, evaluate and control hazards
  • Provide confined space training
  • Use proper lockout/tagout procedures
  • Provide workers with locks and hardware to lock out equipment being serviced
  • Develop specific procedures for use of blocking devices
  • Use group lockout procedures, and
  • Train workers in lockout/tagout.

OSHA also cited the company for repeat violations, including:

  • fall hazards
  • lack of stair rails
  • lack of machine guarding, and
  • electrical hazards.

The company received serious citations for:

  • inadequate ladders
  • inappropriate respiratory and hearing protection
  • insufficient entry permits, and
  • lack of machine guarding and hazardous chemical training.

Other-than-serious violations included the company’s failure to record each injury on its OSHA log.

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Lengthy History of Violations

“Despite its lengthy OSHA history, Aluminum Shapes still does not comply with federal safety and health standards,” said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA’s Marlton Area Office. “These hazards leave workers vulnerable to the risk of serious injury and possible death.”

OSHA also cited the company for repeat violations, including fall hazards, lack of stair rails and machine guarding, and electrical hazards.

The company also received serious citations for inadequate ladders, inappropriate respiratory and hearing protection, insufficient entry permits, and lack of machine guarding and hazardous chemical training.

Other-than-serious violations included the company’s failure to record each injury on its injury log.

“Aluminum Shapes’ extensive list of violations reflects a workplace that does not prioritize worker safety and health,” says Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York. “The company can more effectively protect its workers by implementing a comprehensive safety and health management system.”

The citations can be viewed at:  https://www.dol.gov/sites/default/files/newsroom/newsreleases/OSHA20170971.pdf

Aluminum Shapes manufactures aluminum parts used by several industries, including distribution, building and construction, transportation, electrical, automotive, machinery and equipment, as well as durable consumer goods. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.