Major Metal Reaches Safety Accord

Monday, August 4, 2014 @ 07:08 PM gHale

Major Metals Co. faced $41,300 in fines for 10 serious safety violations after receiving a complaint about hazards at its Mansfield, OH, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The penalties are for failing to protect workers from amputation, fall and other hazards at the steel tubing manufacturer, OSHA officials said.

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Major Metals attended an informal meeting with OSHA July 29, and have abated all the violations and agreed to pay a penalty of $22,750. In addition, they have sent two managers to attend an OSHA 30-hour General Industry Safety class.

“Failing to protect workers from a machine’s moving parts exposes them to risk of serious injuries, such as amputation and lacerations. Despite thousands of injuries each year, lack of adequate machine guarding continues to be one of the most frequently cited OSHA violations,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Employers have a responsibility to implement safe work practices, follow manufacturer guidelines and prevent injuries. In 21st century America, no worker should be exposed to preventable injuries on the job.”

OSHA’s inspection found workers suffered exposure to the moving and grinding parts of machinery while setting up machines. OSHA issued citations because the company did not have specific lockout/tagout procedures and machine guarding. The company also received citations for failure to train workers properly on using machines safely.

Major Metals received a citation for failing to have a guardrail on a platform adjacent to a metal pit, which exposed workers to a 10-foot fall hazard, OSHA said. Workers also ended up exposed to eye injuries from welding rays because the company did not enclose the welding station with a noncombustible or flameproof screen or shield.

Additional violations involved the use of forklifts, including failure to remove damaged forklifts from use that needed repair or service; train operators in forklift protocols; perform daily inspections; and leaving equipment unattended.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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