3 Steel Plants Face Safety Fines

Monday, November 17, 2014 @ 12:11 PM gHale

Employees at all three of TimkenSteel Corp.’s Canton, OH, plants ended up exposed to amputation and fall hazards and the company is now facing $77,000 in fines for 12 serious safety violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

TimkenSteel started up in 2014 as an independent subsidiary of the Timken Co. TimkenSteel manufactures large, steel bars and seamless mechanical tubing. The inspections came after employee complaints of unsafe working conditions.

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“TimkenSteel allowed workers to be exposed to fall and amputation hazards at its steel plants, which compromised employee safety in a highly hazardous work environment,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “OSHA hopes to continue to work with corporate safety representatives and the United Steelworkers to address these safety issues proactively and ensure workers are protected on the job.”

OSHA’s May 25 inspection at the plant located at 2401 Gambrinus Ave. SW found two serious violations for failure to guard floor holes and for missing guardrails on platforms that exposed workers to fall hazards of approximately 8 feet.

Seven serious citations ended up discovered during a July 8 inspection for failure to guard cranes and crane trolley runways, which exposed workers to fall hazards of approximately 40 feet at the 4511 Faircrest St. SW plant. A third inspection conducted at the 1835 Dueber Ave. SW plant on Sept. 11 found three serious violations where workers ended up exposed to moving machinery parts during service and maintenance. 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.

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