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OSHA cites Canton manufacturer for 51 health, safety violations

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A Canton cooling core manufacturer is taking heat from OSHA after 51 safety and health violations were found during an inspection.

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated Adams Thermal Systems Inc. in Canton in February after a complaint alleging multiple concerns. Adams been inspected by OSHA five times since 2004, including a fatality investigation in November 2011. During the November 2011 investigation, citations were issued for lockout of machine energy sources and machine guarding violations.

Adams Thermal Systems is now facing 44 serious safety violations. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, "a serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists."  

Some of the serious safety violations include: providing proper housekeeping, marking emergency exits and providing protection from pulleys, belts and saws.

One serious health violation was also cited for failing to use personal protective equipment identified on a hazard assessment and ensuring the equipment fits affected workers.

Adams was cited for six other-than-serious safety and health violations for issues such as not labeling overhead storage and not having a noise monitoring program. The Department of Labor says, "an other-than-serious violation is one that has a relationship to job safety and health but would not directly cause death or serious physical harm."

OSHA has placed Adams Thermal Systems in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program because of the recent fatality and nature of the current hazards. The program mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.

Adams Thermal Systems also faces $225,000 in proposed penalties for its safety and health violations.

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