Delco rail shop fined for unsafe conditions

Welder Chris Unruh works on a truck for a Silverliner V at UTCRAS in 2011. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration says it has "cited UTCRAS Inc. with 23 serious and four other-than-serious health and safety violations found at the company’s Morton facility" in Delaware County. The plant assembles passenger and freight rail locomotive wheel sets, and reconditions railroad roller bearings.

UTCRAs employed around 43 in 2011, when it was producing wheel assemblies for Septa's Silverliner V passenger cars. Manager Frank Ursone didn't return a call seeking comment on the OSHA claims.

Adds OSHA: "The September 2012 inspection was initiated as part of OSHA’s Site-Specific Targeting 2012 program, which directs enforcement resources to workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur...

"The serious violations, carrying a $60,900 penalty, were cited for electrical hazards and for failing to provide machine guarding, a lockout/tagout program for the energy sources of equipment and an effective respiratory program with eyewash and shower facilities for handling corrosives. The company also failed to comply with OSHA’s standard for chromium VI, repair floor holes, properly store and handle compressed gas and flammable liquids, and ensure access to a fire extinguisher.

"A serious citation is issued when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard." UTCRAS has 15 days to fix the problems or contest the accusations, Domenick Salvatore, director of OSHA's Philadelphia office, said in a statement. 

UTCRAS was also cited for "other-than-serious violations, which had no monetary penalty, [which] involve an improper flammable storage container and failing to conduct a proper hazard assessment."

UTCRAS President Frank Ursone was not immediately available for comment on whether the company would contest the charges.