An International Automotive Components employee at the Huron, Ohio manufacturing facility was seriously injured by a swinging mold that was hanging by a remote-controlled crane. The mold hit has hand, crushing one of his fingers. The workplace accident prompted an inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
OSHA cited ten serious safety violations at the Huron facility including failure to provide fall protection, improper wiring that exposed workers to electrical hazards and failure to ensure workers did not perform tasks under suspended loads. The latter violation also included a failure to ensure employees were kept clear of loads about to be lifted by cranes. Ultimately, these violations are an indictment of an unsafe workplace that could - and inevitably did - cause a workplace accident.
This is not the first time International Automotive Components has been cited for unsafe workplace offenses. A total of 22 violations were found over the course of seven combined inspections at the Sidney and Canton facilities in Ohio.
The regional director of OSHA summed up the inspection and what it means for the company. "International Automotive Components has a responsibility to follow established safety standards, and to ensure that employees are protected from hazards and properly trained," she said.
For a company that has an established presence in the state of Ohio, the seemingly continuous safety violations should be a worrying sign for employees at International Automotive Components. Workplace accidents can sometimes stem from employer negligence, and it is unlawful for an employer to have an unsafe environment for its employees.
Source: OSHA, "US Labor Department's OSHA cites Michigan-based International Automotive Components in Huron, Ohio, after worker injured during crane operations," Scott Allen and Rhonda Burke, Jan. 24, 2012