OSHA cites A.W.T. World Trade for 28 violations, including unsafe spray finishing operations at Chicago factory

The complaint against the Chicago printing machinery manufacturer has proposed penalties of $119,700

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited A.W.T. World Trade Inc. for 28 safety and health violations, including multiple violations of OSHA's flammable liquids and spray finishing standards. The complaint inspection was initiated at the Chicago printing machinery manufacturer on Nov. 14, 2012. Proposed penalties total $119,700.

"A.W.T. World Trade failed to implement effective measures during the handling of flammable liquids and associated spray finishing operations," said Diane Turek, OSHA's area director for the Chicago North Office in Des Plaines. "Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthful work environment. They must provide personal protective equipment and train workers to take precautions to protect themselves from known hazards in their industry."

A total of 27 serious safety and health violations were cited, including lack of a written hazard communication program; not providing employees information and training on hazardous chemicals present in the work environment; lack of machine guarding; failure to ensure use of eye protection during welding operations; failing to properly secure and store welding gas cylinders and hazards associated with the use and storage of flammables used in spray finishing operations. Additionally, the company was cited for the interior surfaces of the spray paint booth being coated with excessive residues of flammable paints.