OH Manufacturers Face OSHA Fines

Thursday, December 22, 2011 @ 12:12 PM gHale


Two Ohio manufacturers are facing fines for safety violations, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

One of the companies, Colfor Manufacturing Inc., is facing fines for four safety violations, including a repeat violation for failing to protect workers by locking out the energy sources of presses at its Malvern, OH, facility.

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The company, which manufactures automotive parts using hot and cold forging methods, is facing fines of $51,000.

“Employers who are cited for repeat OSHA violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health,” said Deb Zubaty, director of OSHA’s Columbus Area Office. “Employers are responsible for knowing the hazards that exist in their workplaces and implementing relevant safety standards. OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so.”

The repeat violation is for failing to lock out the energy sources of mechanical and hydraulic forging presses during die changes, servicing and/or maintenance. A repeat violation exists when an employer faced the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Colfor Manufacturing, a subsidiary of Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing Holdings Inc., faced the same violations in February 2010.

The company also faces three serious violations for failing to use specific procedures for the control of hazardous energy, to use group hazardous energy control procedures for multiple exposed workers conducting maintenance on presses and to inspect energy control procedures at least annually. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard.

Meanwhile, Warren Fabricating and Machining Corp. is facing fines for 10 serious safety violations, including a lack of machine guarding and training at its steel manufacturing plant in Hubbard. Proposed fines total $47,000 following a November inspection.

“Employers are responsible for knowing the hazards that exist in their workplaces and for training workers in proper safety measures, such as the use of machine guards and lockout/tagout procedures to prevent accidental startup of energy sources,” said Howard Eberts, director of OSHA’s Cleveland Area Office.

The violations include failing to develop machine-specific procedures to control energy sources and appropriate methods for securing machinery or equipment; conduct periodic inspections of energy control procedures; and provide training to workers on lockout/tagout procedures. Additionally, three violations are for misuse of powered industrial trucks, commonly know as fork trucks, including failing to inspect trucks prior to placing them in service; ensure that employees received powered industrial truck training; and remove defective trucks from service.

The remaining violations include failing to provide machine guarding, ensure that compressed air used for cleaning purposes did not exceed 30 pounds per square inch, ensure proper strain release on lighting fixtures and complete inspections of jib cranes at required intervals.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard.

Warren, OH-based Warren Fabricating and Machining specializes in the construction of steam turbines, gas turbines and generators.



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