OSHA cites Carson Helicopters Inc., of Perkasie, for safety violations

Posted: June 19, 2013

Carson Helicopters Inc. of Perkasie has been cited by the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for eight alleged violations, including exposing workers to the hazard hexavalent chromium, known to cause cancer, at the company's plant in Bucks County. OSHA proposed a $40,500 fine after a complaint triggered a December 2012 inspection, the agency said.

OSHA said "serious violations" by the helicopter contractor include spray booths containing combustible floor lining, no air-flow measuring devices or fire extinguisher systems, exposure to hexavalent chromium above permissible limits, lack of engineering controls to reduce exposures, and lack of a medical program for workers exposed to hexavalent chromium used in dyes, paints, inks and plastics.

OSHA said the company did not have a monitoring program for workers and failed to ensure use of proper respiratory protection for workers while painting, provide training on the hazards, or keep separate storage areas for clothing and make sure the chemical compound was out of eating and drinking areas. Carson Helicopters has 15 business days to comply or contest the citations and penalty.

   Linda Loyd

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