Company faces $1.3M in penalties for exposing employees to hazards
Posted March 28, 2019
OSHA has proposed penalties of over $1.3M to a metal heat treatment company in Ohio after it exposed employees to atmospheric, thermal, electrical, and mechanical hazards as they performed maintenance inside heat-treating furnaces. In addition to the penalties, OSHA placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
OSHA cited the company for 25 willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations for hazards related to confined spaces, falls, machine guarding, respiratory protection, chemical exposures, and electrical equipment. OSHA found that the company also failed to provide adequate personal protective equipment, and to train employees on hazards in the facility.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the 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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