On November 7, 2017, the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration revealed that it had cited Elringklinger USA. The company was cited for exposing workers to electrical, fall and noise hazards. OSHA had recommended proposed penalties of $308,906.
OSHA inspected the Buford, Georgia auto parts manufacturer on May 2, 2017. The inspection was carried out after an employee performing maintenance on a screen print machine was injured. A second worker suffered an amputation of the left index finger on July 7, 2017. The worker was working on a punch press machine at the time.
OSHA’s investigation into the incidents resulted in 29 serious and three other-than-serious violations. OSHA found the following violations.
- Failing to install machine guarding
- Failing to prevent authorized employees from performing tasks that require the control of electrical hazards
- Failing to protect workers from excessive noise exposure
Elringklinger USA Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply or request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director. The company may also choose the contest the findings.