OSHA has cited Joon LLC, an automotive parts supplier operating as AJIN USA, for 51 safety violations, including 48 willful violations and has proposed penalties of over $1.3 million. The company contested the citations, but the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission ultimately affirmed OSHA’s decision.
OSHA was investigating the death of a machine operator who entered a robotic cell on the assembly line to fix a sensor when one of the robots restarted and the worker was fatally crushed.
In a recent quote, U.S. Department of Labor Regional Solicitor Tremelle Howard said, "No violation or penalty can recover a life lost needlessly. This case's resolution serves as a stark reminder to all employers that the U.S. Department of Labor will exhaust all available resources and actions to hold them accountable when they fail to meet federal requirements to protect the safety and health of their employees."