OSHA LEVIES $3.42 MILLION IN POTENTIAL PENALTIES AGAINST OHIO AUTO PARTS COMPANY

John M. Williams (williams@rwktlaw.com)

Sunfield, Inc., an auto parts manufacturer in Hebron, Ohio has been assessed $3,426,900.00 in penalties by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 57 alleged safety violations. Sunfield, Inc. is a subsidiary of Ideka Manufacturing Company LTD of Ota City in Japan. The Ohio plant is its only United States facility.

The violations are based upon the failure to de-energize equipment before performing maintenance work, thereby exposing workers to the risks of electrocution and other injuries from the movement of the equipment. OSHA cited the company’s extensive violation history as a major factor in the amount of the penalties assessed. These latest citations were found as a result of two serious accidents earlier in the year. Also, Sunfield has been placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

OSHA describes this as “one of the largest OSHA penalties ever filed against a company in the automotive parts industry.” Sunfield has fifteen days to contest these citations.

©RAJKOVICH, WILLIAMS, KILPATRICK & TRUE, PLLC 2016

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