Steel Plant Fined after Worker Falls

Friday, February 5, 2016 @ 01:02 PM gHale

A 39-year-old worker suffered multiple broken bones after he fell more than 40 feet while conducting maintenance on a crane at TimkenSteel’s Faircrest Plant in Canton, OH, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA inspectors found the company failed to provide the worker adequate fall protection.

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The Aug. 7 injury was the second life-threatening injury at a TimkenSteel plant since May 2015.

OSHA cited the manufacturer of large steel bars and seamless mechanical tubing for two repeated and three serious safety violations.

TimkenSteel faces $129,500 in fines as a result of OSHA’s investigation.

Investigators found crane maintenance workers suffered exposure to falls due to lack of guardrails, and protective equipment. They also found workers did not have protection from operating parts of cranes during service and maintenance because locking devices, guards and other safety procedures did not end up used and equipment was not powered down properly.

“TimkenSteel needs to fix their safety program immediately,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “OSHA will monitor these plants until the company makes protecting workers a priority. No worker should die or suffer life-altering workplace injuries because their employer fails in its responsibility to protect their employees.”

Last May, another TimkenSteel worker suffered severe injuries when a crane’s safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on him at its Gambrinus plant. In October 2015, OSHA placed TimkenSteel in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, after investigations at the Harrison and Gambrinus plants found several violations resulting in proposed fines of $393,500. The company has contested those violations.

TimkenSteel spun off from The Timken Company in 2014.