Molten Metal Risks at OH Plant

Friday, May 22, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Workers were at risk while using steam hammers and hot metal power presses to forge metal at Sifco Industries Inc. because machines with dangerous moving parts lacked proper safety mechanisms, and hazardous flying particles and molten metal were risks to workers, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspectors found these and other hazards during a November 2014 inspection of the Cleveland, OH-based forging plant and the company is now facing fines of $118,400.

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“OSHA found multiple serious violations in this industrial setting,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Sifco Industries needs to make immediate improvements to its safety procedures.”

Sifco, a global manufacturer for the aerospace and energy industries, faces penalties for one willful and nine serious safety violations, as follows:
• Failing to conduct annual inspections and testing procedures to keep machines from starting unintentionally, which was a willful violation.
• Not installing safety guards on presses and developing specific procedures for machines to keep them from starting unintentionally during service and maintenance. These include attaching locking devices when workers change mechanical parts.

Sifco Industries faced citations previously for similar hazards in 2011 at its Cleveland facility.

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