Safety Fines for OH Manufacturer

Friday, September 6, 2013 @ 01:09 PM gHale


E.L. Mustee & Sons Inc. is facing $63,490 in fines for five violations at its manufacturing facility in Cleveland, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The violations include a failure-to-abate violation for not developing an inspection program for mechanical power presses. In March 2012, the company received a citation for the same violation.

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E.L. Mustee & Sons, which operates three facilities in Cleveland, specializes in the manufacturing of Fiberglas bathroom shower stalls, bathtubs, floors, laundry tubs and utility sinks.

“E.L. Mustee & Sons has a responsibility to protect its workers, ensuring they are properly trained to prevent injuries from the unintentional operation of machinery. The company must ensure that equipment, such as mechanical power presses, is properly maintained,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Employers, who are cited for repeat and failure-to-abate violations, demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health.”

The March follow-up inspection found the company failed to abate a violation cited in March 2012. The inspection found the company failed to develop a program for regular and periodic inspections of power presses and to train workers to maintain the presses properly. In addition, the company did not provide OSHA with the required abatement documentation for the citations.

The follow-up inspection also found two repeat violations for failing to develop and implement a written confined space entry program and develop specific procedures for isolating and controlling hazardous energy. A repeat violation exists when an employer faced citations for 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. The company faced similar violations in March 2012.

The company faced citations for two serious violations, including failing to develop written die-setting procedures for the company’s mechanical presses and to develop a written hazard communication program to provide workers with information and training about hazardous chemicals in the workplace.



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