A Reading, Pa., company's failure to protect workers from falls and other serious hazards has resulted in a penalty of $112,000 from the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Cambridge-Lee Industries Inc. has been cited by the agency for one alleged repeat violation, with a penalty of $25,000, for two separate fall hazards caused by the absence or inadequacy of guardrails. Repeat violations are those for which an employer has been previously cited for the same or substantially similar condition and the citation has become a final order of the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Fifteen serious violations, with a penalty of $87,000, address hazards associated with machine guarding, powered industrial trucks, cranes, welding cables, lockout/tagout procedures and electricity. Serious violations are defined as those where the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard that could cause death or serious injury.
"Employers must take the necessary precautions to protect employees from workplace hazards," said Bob Fink, area director of the Harrisburg OSHA office. "This significant penalty demonstrates OSHA's commitment to assure compliance with job safety and health standards."
Cambridge-Lee manufactures copper tubing and employs 500 workers at three productions plants involved in this inspection.