OH Machine Maker Faces Safety Fines

Thursday, April 7, 2016 @ 04:04 PM gHale


MTD Consumer Group is facing $77,000 in fines for three safety violations at its Willard, Ohio, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators from its Toledo office cited MTD Consumer Group for one willful, one serious and one other-than-serious violation.

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OSHA opened an investigation at the Willard plant after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions.

The federal agency cited the company for:
• Not ensuring that hearing protection was worn by employees.
• Not implementing feasible administrative or engineering controls to reduce noise exposure.
• Failing to evaluate respiratory hazards.

The Valley City-based company manufactures and markets consumer products for the lawn and garden power equipment industry under the brand names: Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt, Remington, Yard-man, Yard-Machine, and Bolsen.

“The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports occupational hearing loss is leading work-related illness recorded among workers in the manufacturing industry,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Employers that comply with OSHA’s common sense safety standards can protect workers from untreatable hearing loss.”