Towing Parts Maker Faces Repeat Safety Fines

Monday, June 27, 2016 @ 04:06 PM gHale


Trailer Component Manufacturing Inc., operating as Buyers Product Company is facing $99,000 in fines for 11 health and safety violations at its Mentor, OH, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA issued three repeated and eight serious violations to Trailer Components Manufacturing.

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The January inspection initiated after OSHA received a complaint of unsafe working conditions at the towing components manufacturer. The company also makes tool boxes and snow plows.

Inspectors from the agency’s Cleveland area office found the company continued to expose workers to hazards cited in 2012 by failing to:
• Conduct annual inspections of energy control procedures to prevent unintentional machine operation
• Properly install electrical equipment
• Effectively guard machine operating parts

OSHA also found the employer failed to provide workers with personal protective equipment, or train them about hazardous chemicals in use in the facility.

“It is always disappointing to cite a company for hazards they previously committed to correcting in their facility,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Lack of machine safety procedures can lead to amputation and other debilitating injuries. Buyers Product Company is responsible for protecting workers on the job.”