Ohio worker injured when 1K-pound load falls from crane

OSHA fines company nearly $400K for safety hazards

Posted November 9, 2015

A crane's safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on a man below, injuring him as he worked on the factory floor of an Ohio steel company. For the second time in a year, OSHA found struck-by, fall, and amputation hazards at the company's two Canton plants following inspections.

OSHA issued the company one willful, one repeated, and two serious safety citations on October 30 as a result of its investigation into the May 4, 2015, injury. According to the agency, the seven-year employee could not work for several months after the incident in which he fractured his left foot and broke several bones.

The injury occurred days after OSHA initiated an inspection at the company under the Primary Metals Emphasis Program. The agency issued eight repeated, eight serious, and one other-than serious violation at the site. The company faces proposed fines of $393,500 for violations at the facilities and has been placed in the agency's Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Investigators found workers were exposed to the following:

  • Falls due to lack of guardrails, slippery surfaces, and protective equipment.
  • Live machinery operating parts during service and maintenance because locking devices, guards, and other safety procedures were not used.
  • Damaged equipment.
  • Electrical hazards.

OSHA also found the company did not report injuries and illness, as required. 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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