OSHA Cites 25 Violations
On March 21, OSHA proposed $1.3 million in penalties against a Bowling Green, Ohio company for exposing employees to hazards during maintenance inside heat-treating furnaces.
According to the news release from OSHA, employees faced exposure to atmospheric, thermal, electrical, and mechanical hazards.
These hazards are related to confined spaces, falls, machine guarding, respiratory protection, chemical exposures, and electrical equipment. OSHA also stated that the company failed to provide proper personal protective equipment and training.
The metal heat treatment facility was cited for 25 willful, serious, and other-than-serious violations.
Willful violations carry a hefty penalty as they are defined as a violation in which the employer either knowingly failed to comply with a legal requirement or acted with plain indifference to employee safety.
Ohio Company Placed on Severe Violator Enforcement Program
Additionally, OSHA responded by placing the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
The program was created in order to better target OSHA resources at non-compliant employers by focusing on the most severe violators. These violators are companies that OSHA feels are actively ignoring safety regulations and putting employees in danger.
“The violations identified exposed employees to serious, and potentially life-threatening injuries and illnesses,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt.
“Employers have a legal obligation to assess their workplaces for hazards, and establish appropriate safety and health programs to protect their workers.”
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