WASHINGTON, DC – OSHA has opened an investigation of Aluminum Shapes in Delair, N.J., after being notified of an employee who suffered a broken leg while operating a crane.
The company failed to report the incident to OSHA within 24 hours as required.
The agency also found that the company did not provide machine guarding and confined spaces training.
Workers were also exposed to electrical equipment with damaged parts, cranes with control boxes that were malfunctioning and not clearly marked, and unguarded metal saws and floor openings.
OSHA issued the company 44 willful, serious and other-than-serious violations, with proposed fines totaling $308,000.
“This employer blatantly ignored known safety requirements, causing a preventable worker injury,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.