An Ohio company is facing over $500,000 in fines as a result of what the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) calls “willful and serious” violations of health and safety codes.
The company, a South Korean-based tile manufacturer, was the subject of two OSHA inspections last summer which were prompted by injuries to two employees. One employee reportedly required surgery following an accident in which his hand was crushed in a tile machine. The other worker, two weeks later, had two fingers partially amputated as a result of an accident with a recycling machine.
OSHA cited the company for eight violations resulting in proposed fines of $514,236. The company has the option to contest the findings.
Inadequate lockout/tagout procedures were cited as contributing to the accidents. OSHA also indicated that the company failed to give their employees adequate training and exposed employees to “fall hazards”.
The OSHA Office Director overseeing the company is reported to have said the company’s employees faced an increased risk of injury when the machines were apparently not properly de-energized.
The company was charged with “willfully” disregarding OSHA standards resulting in eight violations. Two additional violations were listed as “serious”.
OSHA stated it is incumbent upon employers to “monitor their facilities continuously to ensure workplace safety and health procedures are adequate and effective”.
ESC Services, a Rockwell Automation brand, is a specialized in designing and implementing lockout/tagout procedures for companies in a wide variety of industries.