Safety Fines for Cleveland Auto Parts Maker

Wednesday, July 1, 2015 @ 05:07 PM gHale

Cleveland Die & Manufacturing Company is facing $59,400 in fines for 11 serious health and safety violations at its facility in Cleveland, OH, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection in March after receiving a complaint alleging unsafe working conditions at the company which manufactures brackets and parts for the automotive industry.

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Investigators cited 11 serious violations at the Ohio facility, including:
• Exposing workers to operating parts of machinery by failing to install safety mechanisms
• Lack of procedures to ensure equipment was de-energized to prevent it from operating during service and maintenance such as the changing of dies
• Personal protective equipment such as arc-rated clothing and voltage rated gloves as well as face protection not provided
• Hooks and wire ropes did not have inspections as required
• Employees did not have training about hazardous chemicals used in the workplace
• The company lacked a hearing conservation program and failed to implement engineering controls to reduce noise exposure.

“Lack of safety mechanisms on machines continues to be among the most frequently cited OSHA violations and that is unacceptable,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Each year thousands of workers suffer injuries and illness that can affect their ability to earn a living. Cleveland Die & Manufacturing needs to make immediate improvements to ensure their workers are protected on the job.”