Safety Fines for Metal Stamping Plant

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 @ 05:01 PM gHale

J.B. Stamping Inc. is facing $63,000 in fines for 21 safety violations found at the Cleveland metal stamping facility during a complaint inspection, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The violations include several instances of failing to have adequate machine guarding to protect workers from amputation and other hazards.

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“It’s unacceptable that J.B. Stamping Inc. failed to ensure adequate guards were placed on machinery. This could cause serious injury to workers,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Companies must implement safeguards, create a culture of safety and provide workers with adequate training for the hazards that exist in their facilities.”

Twenty serious violations involved:
• Multiple mechanical power press violations, such as failure to guard the point-of-operation of the presses effectively, maintain pull-out devices and remove damaged wristlets from service, and maintain two-hand press controls in a fixed position. Presses did not have control reliability or a brake monitoring system, and they used standard household light switches n place of proper press motor controls. The employer also failed to develop written die-setting procedures.
• There was a lack of machine guarding on chain and sprocket assemblies, mechanical power press flywheels, belts and abrasive wheel machinery. Other violations involved failing to have a written hazard communication program, a powered industrial vehicle training program and a lockout/tagout program for the control of hazardous energy.
• There were several electrical violations, including failing to properly install electrical equipment, ineffectively closing unused openings in electrical cabinets, and improperly using extension cords in place of fixed wiring.

A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

One other-than-serious violation was for having a damaged flexible conduit on a mechanical power press, which exposed the electrical wire to potential damage. An other-than-serious safety violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm. This was the first OSHA inspection at J.B. Stamping.

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