Ford Motor Company has been cited by OSHA for 8 serious violations relating to respiratory protection and asbestos exposures. Ford faces a total propose fine of $41,800. A serious violation occurs when there a high probability that serious harm or death will occur that an employer should have known about.
The violations include a pipefitter working on a steam line where asbestos was present in the insulation. Others surround the use of respiratory being used where workers could be exposed to asbestos, also the area was not limited to authorized workers only. Airborne concentrations of asbestos should have been tested.
Workers need to know that they are working in an environment where the employer does everything in their power to ensure that they are safe and return home each night. Things like this need to be observed before an employee in hurt not after.
Ford has 15 business days to comply with OSHA standards.