Automotive parts supplier Donghee Alabama LLC faces proposed penalties from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for exposing employees to safety hazards at its facility in Auburn, Ala.
Staffing agencies J & C Enterprise LLC and Jian Enterprise LLC have also been cited by OSHA. The companies collectively face $145,438 in penalties, according to a June 18 news release.
OSHA cited Donghee Alabama and the staffing agencies for exposing employees to caught-in and crushed-by hazards by requiring them to operate machines with nonfunctioning safety laser scanners, which are designed to prevent workers from entering danger zones during operating cycles.
The staffing agencies were also cited for exposing workers to hazards from operating machines with nonfunctioning light curtains.
"Hazards associated with the auto parts manufacturing industry are a source of serious injuries and fatalities to workers," Jose Gonzalez, OSHA's acting area director, said in a statement. "Employers are required by law to comply with lockout/tagout and machine guarding standards to protect workers who operate equipment."
OSHA said the companies have 15 days from receiving the citations to contest the findings.
Donghee Alabama is a U.S. subsidiary of parent company Donghee Industrial Co. Ltd. in South Korea. The company manufactures plastic fuel tanks, pedal and suspension modules and various electromagnetic parts.