Sep 27, 2016 Off Comments in Manufacturing by

OSHA announced it has penalized Sunfield Inc., an auto parts manufacturer based in Hebron, Ohio, a total of $3,426,900 and cited it for 46 egregious willful, two willful, one repeated, and eight serious safety violations. The fines for the company’s alleged failure to disconnect machinery from a power supply, prevent machine movement before maintenance and service, and train workers in how to operate machine presses safely and to service and maintain them, are one of the largest OSHA penalties has ever filed against a company in the automotive parts industry, according to the agency.

Hebron is near Columbus, Ohio.

According to the agency, federal investigators inspected the Hebron plant after two workers suffered severe injuries in January and February 2016. “The facility has an extensive history of federal safety violations dating back 20 years. The company, which investigators found to have a high rate of employee turnover, supplies parts for several major Japanese and domestic automakers,” according to OSHA, which also has placed Sunfield in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“When companies prioritize production and profit over the health and safety of their workforce, too often it is the workers that pay the price,” said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. “OSHA’s investigation found the company’s leadership failed in its obligation to properly train workers for the jobs they were hired to do and created a culture that routinely tolerated willful and serious safety violations.”

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