OSHA is still fulfilling its mission promoting worker and workplace safety. Safety, Amputations, and Planned Inspections led the OSHA inspection categories for NAICS 332721 so far this year.
At PMPA we take a look twice a week at the OSHA inspections posted online for our industry. In the event that one of our members is on that list, we call immediately to offer our assistance. If it is a non-member, we look to learn what vulnerabilities are being encountered in the industry shops not belonging to PMPA.
Here’s what we found out.
So far this year, OSHA has posted notices of 53  inspections for our NAICS code- 332721 online. 53!

Chart of OSHA inspections frequency for 2018 NAICS 332721 Precision Machining Shops

The single largest category were for “Safety” – 15 of 53, 28% of all inspections posted.
Go figure.
The second most frequent category was “Amputations“-12 of 53, 23%.
This really is aggravating. There is no excuse for anyone to be losing body parts. We need to contact our people immediately to review the basics about pinchpoints, rotating equipment, and the pointlessness of trying to stop a lathe with our fingers or thumb. 
I won’t display the photos but if you want to see what a drill can do to a human hand click this link:  Graphic Image
Programmed (planned ) Inspections were third  with 7 of 53 or 13%. Routine enforcement is still a “real thing” at OSHA.
Complaints  came in at fourth  with 4 out of 53 inspections being initiated as a result of a complaint- 8% of inspections due to complaints..
Health tied with Complaints at 4 inspections out of 53- 8% of inspections due to occupational health concerns
Rounding out the ten causes were Noise, Reinspections, Accidents, Referrals, and Inspections.
Reasons cited for OSHA Inspections for NAICS 332721 (frequency) Calendar year 2018 YTD

OSHA is still fulfilling its mission promoting worker and workplace safety. The above reasons show how your peers are being examined. Are you ready for an OSHA inspection?
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Data and Chart Preparation credit Veronica Hopson, PMPA
Original Data sourced from USDOL OSHA.

PMPA Business Trends October 2018


“Unbelievable- But Verified!


With 81 companies responding, the PMPA Business Trends Index for October 2018 increased to 152, an all-time high! Several companies notified us proactively that “You are not going to believe how high our sales are this month, ” when they reported. Seventy-one of eighty-one reported sales up- fifty- seven of those up double digits! We reviewed each entry and made follow up calls on those showing very high double digits increases. No miss-reported figures and no typos. We did a final confirmation sample of over 10% of respondents. The Sales Index for October at 152 is based on valid data. Reality check- despite the strong October sales, respondents’ sentiment for Sales and Lead time for the next three months is lower, recognizing the seasonal factors of our industry sales. For the first time this year, our sales outlook shows no growth. Our Sales index is 117% of its value one year ago. The five-year average for October is 125.8, making this October reading 20.8% higher than the five-year average for October’s index. Our year to date average is 137, up 12 points or 9.6%
over 2017’s year-end average of 125. How does your shop’s sales compare?