Ohio worker severely injured in 40-foot fall from crane
Posted February 24, 2016
A 39-year-old worker suffered multiple broken bones after he fell more than 40 feet while conducting maintenance on a crane at an Ohio steel manufacturer. OSHA found the company failed to provide the worker adequate fall protection. The August 7, 2015, injury was the second life-threatening injury at one of the company’s plants since May 2015.
OSHA cited the company on January 29 for two repeated and three serious safety violations. The company faces $129,500 in fines as a result of OSHA's investigation.
Investigators found crane maintenance workers were exposed to falls due to lack of guardrails, and protective equipment. They also found workers were not protected from operating parts of cranes during service and maintenance because locking devices, guards, and other safety procedures were not used and equipment was not powered down properly.
In May 2015, another one of the company’s workers was severely injured when a crane's safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on him. In October 2015, OSHA placed the company in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, after investigations found several violations resulting in proposed fines of $393,500. The company has contested those violations.
Prior to this inspection, several of the company’s plants and corporate offices had been inspected by OSHA 29 times since 2005, resulting in the issuance of 76 violations. The manufacturer was mostly recently cited by OSHA in November 2014.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Cleveland, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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