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OH Co. Gets $65,000 OSHA Fine for 20 Serious Violations

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OSHA has cited J.B. Stamping, Inc. of Brooklyn, Ohio for 21 total safety violations, of which all but one were deemed serious.  The investigation came after OSHA received complaints.  The proposed fine for the violations is $63,000.  J.B. Stamping, Inc. will have 15 days to appeal.  

In a statement, Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland, said: “It’s unacceptable that J.B. Stamping Inc. failed to ensure adequate guards were placed on machinery. This could cause serious injury to workers.  Companies must implement safeguards, create a culture of safety and provide workers with adequate training for the hazards that exist in their facilities.”

The 20 serious citations include:

• Multiple mechanical power press violations, such as failure to guard the point-of-operation of the presses effectively, maintain pull-out devices and remove damaged wristlets from service, and maintain two-hand press controls in a fixed position. Presses were not equipped with control reliability or a brake monitoring system, and standard household light switches were used in place of proper press motor controls. The employer also failed to develop written die-setting procedures.
• Lack of machine guarding was also found on chain and sprocket assemblies, mechanical power press flywheels, belts and abrasive wheel machinery. Other violations involved failing to have a written hazard communication program, a powered industrial vehicle training program and a lockout/tagout program for the control of hazardous energy.
• Several electrical violations were identified, including failing to properly install electrical equipment, ineffectively closing unused openings in electrical cabinets, and improperly using extension cords in place of fixed wiring.

The non-serious violation was issued after inspection found a damaged flexible conduit on a mechanical power press, which exposed the electrical wire to potential damage.


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