Armed With Warrant, OSHA Cites Missouri Manufacturer

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By Stephen Joyce

An inspection of a Missouri sheet-metal manufacturer conducted by investigators armed with a federal warrant to permit the visit turned up 16 workplace violations resulting in proposed fines totaling $138,430, according to OSHA in a Dec. 16 statement.

An Occupational Safety and Health Administration Dec. 9 citation and notification of penalty cited El Dorado Springs, Mo.-based Hammond Sheet Metal, doing business as Barrington Manufacturing Corp., for permitting open flames within 20 feet of an area where employees sprayed combustible materials with no partition to shield employees from possible hazards.

The citation also asserted the company did not provide employees with protective equipment to prevent hand lacerations from sheet metal and exposure to spraying chemical irritants; a review of injury logs indicated workers suffered lacerations to the hands and wrists.

Barrington Manufacturing Corp. did not immediately respond to a request for comment, including whether it will pay the fines or contest the citation within 15 days of receiving it.

Warrant Issued

The inspection occurred only after U.S. Magistrate Judge Sarah W. Hays issued a warrant on June 27 to allow OSHA inspectors to conduct their investigation.

The on-site inspection, which began on July 7, also cited the company for not adequately maintaining an industrial truck—it was missing a brake pedal and cylinders were leaking. Inspectors also found that the company failed to assess whether personal protective equipment was required in specific circumstances and whether the voluntary use of a respirator did not in itself create a hazard.

The citation also assessed the company $14,965 for the repeated violation of possessing an inadequate hazard communications program.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Joyce in Chicago at sjoyce@bna.com

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Larry Pearl at lpearl@bna.com

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