Safety Fines for Agricultural Manufacturer

Monday, October 19, 2015 @ 06:10 PM gHale

The Bellevue Manufacturing Company, Bellevue, Ohio, is facing $112,500 in fines for 19 serious and one other-than-serious safety and health violations, including exposing workers to amputation and machine hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Bellevue is a manufacturer of agricultural oil filters.

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OSHA investigators issued the citations following a March complaint investigation that found employees suffered exposure to:
• Operating parts of machinery
• Fall hazards because platforms lacked guard rails
• Unintentional operation of machines during service and maintenance
• Electrical shock due to a lack of personal protective equipment and training in safe work practices
• Confined space hazards when entering the parts washer due to a lack of training, signage and procedures

The company also failed to provide eye and face protection for workers exposed to battery acid and did not provide an eye wash station. Additionally, workers did not get training in operating powered industrial vehicles.

“Each year thousands of workers are injured on the job, because their employer failed to follow basic safety procedures such as providing protective clothing and installing machine safety guards,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Employers need to develop safety and health programs that are appropriate for the work tasks and ensure workers are properly trained.”

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