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Monday, August 8, 2016

OSHA finds New Jersey rifle manufacturer deemed a 'severe violator' exposes workers to noise hazards

OSHA finds New Jersey rifle manufacturer deemed a 'severe violator' in 2012
continues to expose workers to noise hazards at Bayonne facility

Henry RAC Holding Corp. fined $45K for federal violations
Employer name: Henry RAC Holding Corp.
Inspection site: Henry RAC Holding Corp.
Citations issued: On July 29, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration issued citations for three repeat, four serious and one other-than-serious safety violations.
Investigation findings: OSHA initiated the inspection on Feb. 23, 2016, as a follow-up to a 2012 inspection which resulted in Henry RAC Holding Corp. being placed in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
Inspectors found the company failed to maintain an effective hearing conservation program for employees exposed to high noise levels during polishing and test-firing operations to prevent permanent hearing loss and failed to provide workers with annual training on noise hazards. OSHA also found the company did not follow up on incidents where employees experienced significant hearing loss.
Quote: "Henry RAC Holding Corp.'s owner's manual states that ear protection should be worn while shooting its rifles. Yet, the company continues to fail to provide its workers with the proper safeguards needed to prevent noise-induced hearing loss," said Kris Hoffman, director at OSHA's Parsippany Area Office. "Hearing loss is a serious issue. This employer's callous attitude toward hearing protection is unconscionable and will not be tolerated."
Proposed penalties: $45,000