OSHA’s Area Office in Pittsburgh issued 46 citations, including 16 repeat violations and one willful against Shane Felter Industries, Inc. of Uniontown, PA. AÂ proposed penalty of $166,400 accompanied the citations.Â Â OSHA’s Area Director Robert Szymanski said:
“Shane Felter Industries’ refusal to remove hazards ultimately threatens the safety and health of its employees.Â It is imperative that this employer correct these violations to prevent a potential tragedy.”
The company has 62 employees.
The offending firm fabricates steel beams used in bridge and road construction.Â A quick Google search indicates that it is an approved fabricator for projects contracted by the Massachusetts and Ohio Departments of Transportation.
The violations cited by OSHA were the result of a programmed inspection initiated after the agency reviewed the company’s injury and illness data, and subsequent follow-up inspections.Â OSHA’s news release notes that the follow-up inspections were conducted when
“previously cited hazards had not been abated.”
In March ofÂ this year, OSHA sent a letter to 14,000 employersÂ workplace injury rates that were more than twice the national average. (TPH here).Â Shane Felter Industries was one ofÂ theÂ 14,000 sitesÂ identified by OSHA.