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Precision Steel fined USD 66330 for safety violations

Steel News - Published on Wed, 29 Aug 2012

It is reported that a Toledo based steel processor has been slapped with USD 66,330 in proposed penalties by the US Department of Labor\'s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

According to the labor department, Precision Steel Services Inc had 11 safety violations, including a repeat violation for failing to remove from service a forklift that was in need of repair.

Mr Kimberly Nelson, OSHA\'s area director in Toledo, in a statement said that \"OSHA takes all safety and health violations very seriously. However, repeat violations, in particular, indicate a lack of commitment to these issues, and OSHA will hold employers responsible to ensure that workers are protected from preventable hazards.\"

According to OSHA, a repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited in 2009 at the same facility.

Nine serious violations issued to Precision Steel Services include failing to protect workers from falls on elevated workspaces, provide lock out and tag out procedures, properly inspect forklifts, ensure forklift brakes were set when parked, provide electrical safe work training and utilize electrical personal protective equipment.

OSHA explained in their news release that 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.

Precision Steel Services was also cited for failing to mark lock out and tag out devices with an employee identifier, considered other than serious violation.

OSHA has inspected Precision Steel Services five times, three of which occurred since 2009 and resulted in citations for seven serious violations involving personal protective equipment, forklifts, mechanical equipment in disrepair and a lack of guarding on portable power tools.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its most recent 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.

Source - North West Ohio

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Posted By : admin on Wed, 29 Aug 2012
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