Safety Fines for Specialty Metals

Friday, July 19, 2013 @ 02:07 PM gHale


Specialty Metals Processing Inc. is facing $131,320 in fines for five violations at its machine tool manufacturing plant in Stow, OH, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

The violations include three failure-to-abate citations for not administering an effective hearing conservation program and implementing procedures to control hazardous energy. OSHA initiated its follow-up inspection in January.

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“Specialty Metals Processing has a responsibility to protect its workers by ensuring they are enrolled in a hearing conservation program. It also must train them concerning energy control procedures to prevent injuries from the unintentional operation of machinery,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Employers who are cited for repeat and failure-to-abate citations demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health.”

The inspection found the company failed to abate three previously cited violations.

In February 2012, the company failed to administer a continuing hearing conservation program for workers exposed to noise exceeding the time-weighted average for eight hours.

In May 2012, the company failed to develop adequate energy control procedures and conduct periodic inspections to ensure workers followed those procedures correctly. Additionally, the company did not provide OSHA with the required abatement documentation for the three citations.

Two repeat violations were for failing to train workers on the purpose and use of energy control procedures and not training them on the general principles of fire extinguisher use upon initial employment and annually thereafter.

A repeat violation exists when an employer previously 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 February 2012.



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