Aluminum Maker Faces Heavy Fines After Worker is Injured

OSHA has cited Aluminum Shapes LLC for workplace safety and health hazards after a crane operator was injured in August 2019 at the aluminum manufacturer’s Delair, New Jersey, foundry.

The company faces $169,524 in penalties for these violations.

The employee was hospitalized after a steel plate fell from an uninspected crane onto his foot.

The agency cited the company for one serious and three repeat citations for:

  • Failing to report the injury to OSHA within 24 hours of the employee’s hospitalization;
  • Failing to conduct annual crane inspections with written certification; and
  • Failing to balance and secure the load properly.

OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program for repeated safety failures.

OSHA Area Director Paula Dixon-Roderick, in Marlton, New Jersey, said, “Aluminum Shapes continues to disregard their legal responsibility to comply with safety and health standards,”‘ adding, “Employers have an obligation to provide a safe and healthful workplace for their workers.”

OSHA’s Cranes and Derricks in Construction standard provides information on required crane inspections. The agency also provides compliance assistance on reporting a severe injury.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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.