Guarding Violations for Machinery Maker

Monday, May 19, 2014 @ 02:05 PM gHale

Kobelco Stewart Bolling Inc., which manufactures industrial machinery, is facing $139,000 in fines for 13 safety and health violations at its Hudson, OH, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA’s investigation was the result of a worker’s complaint, and the investigation found repeat violations of machine guarding standards, which protect workers from lacerations, caught-in and amputation hazards.

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“Failing to protect workers from dangerous machinery is among the most frequently cited OSHA violations and injuries involving machinery and equipment often results in death or permanent disability,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

Three repeat violations were for: Inadequate lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers who service or maintain machines from moving machinery parts, exposing workers to unguarded equipment and not labeling chemical containers. 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 2011.

Six serious violations involved failing to review lockout/tagout devices annually, storing flammable liquids in an exit path, lack of fire extinguisher training, not identifying and providing the correct chemical resistant gloves to be worn, and failing to train workers on personal protective equipment. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

Kobelco Stewart Bolling also received citations for four other-than-serious violations involving failing to certify and date the workplace hazard assessment, guard machinery, inspect cranes daily and maintain a chemical inventory list.

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