OSHA Cites Monaca, PA Company for Unsafe Overhead Cranes
On February 18, 2004 in Monaca, PA the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a citation to Beaver Valley Heat Treating Inc., for alleged deficiencies in maintaining overhead cranes and proposed more than $144,000 in penalties.
"This employer did not live up to its obligation to keep its equipment in safe working order," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Elaine L. Chao. "This Administration has set new records for protecting American workers, and this significant $144,250 fine demonstrates how seriously we take health and safety violations."
Willful citations were issued for failure to implement a preventative overhead crane maintenance program based on manufacturer's specifications, failure to make repairs or provide replacements for defective overhead cranes and failure to ensure employees use the proper parts while operating overhead cranes and not position themselves under the loads.
Willful violations are those committed with an intentional disregard of, or plain indifference to the Occupational Safety and Health Act and regulations. Serious violations are those in which a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
In order to minimize you company's risk of OSHA fines it is important observe the following guidelines:
- Perform periodic inspections of overhead cranes, hoists and material handling equipment
- Promptly repair overhead cranes of any deficiencies found in inspections
- Train operators on proper usage and maintenance of overhead crane systems
Let Hoosier Crane help you avoid fines and maintain a safe working environment by calling to schedule overhead crane inspections or repairs today at 800-509-6131