Worker Caught in Machinery at OH Plant

Friday, October 10, 2014 @ 06:10 PM gHale

A worker caught in unguarded arbor rollers at Kloeckner Metals Corp. in Cincinnati this past April resulted in severe injuries and the company is now facing $56,000 in fines for one repeat and three serious safety violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Kloeckner Metals Corp.’s headquarters is in Roswell, GA. The company employs 56 workers at its Cincinnati facility.

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“This worker suffered a catastrophic injury because Kloeckner Metals failed to observe basic safety procedures,” said Bill Wilkerson, OSHA’s area director in Cincinnati. “The company knew how dangerous these machines could be, and they did not put their employees first. It’s a culture too common in the manufacturing industry, and it needs to change.”

OSHA’s April 28 inspection found a worker suffered exposure to the in-running nip point created by two rollers on the slitting line. He ended up caught in the nip point and suffered severe injuries. The company received a repeat violation for inadequate machine guarding. The company faced previous citations for this violation at the same location in 2013.

OSHA issues repeat violations if any employer previously received a citation for the same or a similar violation of any standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Other amputation hazards found at the facility included the company’s failure to implement specific lockout/tagout procedures to prevent machinery from operating during service and maintenance, which resulted in three serious citations. Specifically, workers clearing scrap on the slitting line did not have devices to shut down machines during these activities, and mechanics did not receive training on how to use them.

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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