OSHA has cited KMA Manufacturing LLC for numerous alleged safety and health violations following a fatal industrial accident in December 2007.
OSHA initiated its investigation of the Beaver County facility, which employs 49 people, on Dec. 27, 2007, following an accident where a six-ton piece of stainless steel became dislodged from a crane and fell onto an employee. The investigation resulted in 42 serious violations and four repeat violations.
The serious violations include the company's failure to ensure that a swivel hook, which was used on an overhead crane to lift annealing furnace covers, was equipped with a safety latch. Employees were observed operating overhead cranes without proper training. In addition, KMA Manufacturing failed to ensure that overhead cranes were not used to lift materials beyond their rated load capacity. The company also failed to conduct a personal protection equipment workplace assessment. A serious citation is issued when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
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