Fines for using unsafe electric products

Donald Inc., S.A. is facing more than Rand 100,000 in fines from the Occupational Safety Administration (OSA) for alleged failure to solve workplace hazards discovered by OSA inspectors, the agency said.

Inspectors found 12 serious violations of using low and unsafe electric products at South Africa according to an OSA press release. The agency defines severe violations as those that could probably cause death or serious injury to workers.

Donald Incorporation used wood instead of a high quality material, the agency said.

OSA ordered Donald Incorporation to correct the violations and fined the company Rand 20,000. When the company failed to submit proof that the corrections had been made, OSA made a follow-up inspection in November 2013, according to the agency.

The inspectors found most of the hazards were not corrected, and on April 20, 2014, issued the company 10 failure-to-abate citations carrying Rand 100,000 in fines. Also on May 20, the agency issued Rand 15,010 for three repeat violations and Rand 2,000 for one new serious violation. The repeat violations included use of dangerous electrical equipment and the use of a spark-producing grinder in a flammable area, OSA said. The new severe violation was the utilization of a portable electric lamp in a spraying area during operations. Donald Incorporation had 20 business days from May 20 to solve the violations and pay the fines, request an informal discussion with OSA’s Syracuse area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety Review Commission. Management of Donald Incorporation could not be reached for comment.

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