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Breaching safety results in $60,900 fine

30 August 2011

The US Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Ohio Aluminum Industries in Garfield Heights with 14 serious safety violations carrying $60,900 in proposed fines.

Ohio Aluminum Industries
Ohio Aluminum Industries

The violations involve failing to provide machine guards on the bandsaw blade; failing to properly ground equipment; failing to provide personal protective equipment such as aluminised aprons and mesh screen face shields to protect against burns; failing to verify process safety management procedures and practices for sulphur dioxide as well as provide proper training to employees regarding safe operating practices; exposing workers to continuous noise beyond the permissible eight-hour noise exposure limit; failing to implement engineering controls to reduce noise; allowing wood dust to accumulate on the floor and surfaces in the pattern shop, and allowing aluminium dust to collect in the shot blast machine, creating the potential for an explosive dust hazard; and failing to implement explosion protection measures for equipment and exhaust ventilation systems in which there is a potential for a combustible dust explosion or fire.

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.

"Providing machine guarding, personal protective equipment and noise reduction for workers are basic safety requirements in the workplace," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's Area Director in Cleveland. "Employers have a responsibility to ensure work environments are safe, which includes providing appropriate equipment and training to protect workers."

Ohio Aluminum Industries Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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