Safety Report: OSHA Fines Heat Seal

Thursday, December 15, 2011 @ 03:12 PM gHale


Heat Seal LLC in Cleveland is facing fines from 15 safety and health violations, including one willful safety violation for failing to ensure machine points of operation remained guarded, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA initiated an inspection Aug. 31 after receiving a complaint there were no guards on press brakes.

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“There is simply no excuse for Heat Seal not to ensure that its workers are protected against the moving parts of dangerous machines, and provide them with proper safety procedures and training,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland.

The willful safety violation is for failing to that points of operation remained guarded on four press brakes and one shear. A willful violation is intentionally knowing or voluntarily disregarding the law’s requirements, or plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Nine serious safety violations are for failing to guard foot pedals on press brakes, train employees on the use of a portable fire extinguisher, train employees on the operation of powered industrial trucks and conduct weekly press inspections. Additionally, the company earned citations for three violations of lockout/tagout standards, including failing to develop machine-specific procedures, lock out the energy sources of equipment prior to maintenance and train employees. One serious health violation came from failing to implement a hearing conservation program. 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.

Additionally, OSHA tagged Heat Seal with two other-than-serious health violations for failing to monitor hexavelent chromium exposure and train workers on the hazards of hexavalent chromium exposure. An-other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

Proposed fines total $95,200.



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