Following the fatal electrocution of a worker on May 15, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited St. Louis Cold Drawn for 26 safety violations, including 19 serious violations, according to an OSHA news release. The worker was electrocuted when he reached into an energized electrical panel box to retrieve work gloves that were stored in the box.
“Allowing workers to be exposed to live electricity without enforcing electrical safe work practices is inexcusable,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis. “Employers, such as St. Louis Cold Drawn, have a responsibility to train workers in safe electrical work practices, such as recognizing unsafe conditions when exposed to hazards.”
OSHA discovered the violations while conducting a post-fatality accident inspection, and many of the violations relate to safe electrical work practices, including:
- Exposing workers to live electricity
- Not providing personal protective equipment for workers exposed to the danger of electrical shock or arc flash
- Using electrical equipment in disrepair
- Open grounding of electrical equipment
- Failing to train workers who may be exposed to electrical shock on safe work practices and lockout procedures for equipment
St. Louis Cold Drawn’s 26 violations have netted it a proposed fine of $51,800, which it has 15 business days from receipt to comply with, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director about or contest before an independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
St. Louis Cold Drawn’s seeming disregard for the safety of its employees may have cost one of them his or her life and has put the rest in danger of befalling the same fate.
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