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Aircraft parts maker cited by California safety regulators

Posted On: Aug. 1, 2017 10:02 AM CST

Aircraft parts maker cited by California safety regulators

California regulators have cited and fined an aircraft parts manufacturer $87,500 for numerous workplace safety and health violations.

The Oakland-based California Division of Occupational Safety and Health inspected the Triumph Processing-Embee Division Inc. plant in Santa Ana in January after receiving a complaint of workplace hazards, the agency said Monday in a statement.

The agency cited the company for several violations, including a failure to provide workers with effective training on hazardous chemicals in their work area and willful failure to notify workers of their exposure to hexavalent chromium, a hazardous chemical known to cause cancer commonly referred to as chromium-6, according to the release. Inspectors found that the employer had previously determined through air monitoring that workers who sanded and spray-painted aircraft parts were exposed to high levels of chromium-6 in the form of dust and mist.

Cal/OSHA issued a willful regulatory violation to the employer for not posting or notifying affected workers of the air monitoring results and for failing to advise the workers of how they would be protected from exposure. The agency issued a total of 23 violations, including one willful-regulatory, six serious, six general and 10 regulatory in nature.

“Triumph Processing knew its workers had been exposed to high levels of chromium-6 at their facility, but failed to notify or effectively train them,” Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum said in the statement.

A company spokesperson could not be immediately reached for comment.