Ohio Steel Mill Faces $222.4K in OSHA Penalties for Amputation Hazards

September 3, 2021

An automotive steel manufacturer in Ohio faces more than $222,000 in proposed penalties for continuing to expose workers to amputations, other hazards at its Canton facility, federal workplace safety officials say.

OSHA placed Republic Steel in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program after citing the company for one repeat, seven serious and three other-than-serious safety violations. OSHA has proposed $220,399 in penalties.

Responding to a complaint of unsafe working conditions, federal safety inspectors found a Canton automotive steel mill did not install adequate machine guarding, implement lockout/tagout measures or train workers on safety procedures, all of which exposed workers to amputation hazards, according to the workplace safety administration.

OSHA determined the company did not train workers to operate cranes and forklifts adequately, failed to repair damaged cranes and follow safe electrical work practices, and exposed workers to slip and fall hazards.

Republic Steel was cited for similar machine safety hazards in 2017.

Based in Canton, Republic Steel manufactures steel bars and other products for use in machinery, cars, trucks and other vehicles. The company, a subsidiary of Grupo Simec of Guadalajara, Mexico, employs more than 2,000 workers.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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: OSHA

Topics Workers' Compensation Ohio

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