• John Larrimer

OSHA Cites Dayton Facility for Repeat Violations

A manufacturer in Dayton, Ohio is looking at hefty fines after a federal investigation concerning workplace safety, according to the Dayton Daily News. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected a Dayton Phoenix Group facility as a follow up to a 2009 inspection, which was due to the company’s high injury and illness rates.

OSHA cited Dayton Phoenix Group with four repeat safety violations—failure to secure and isolate energy sources, failure to train workers in energy control procedures, failure to conduct annual inspections of lifting devices and failure to conduct maintenance on equipment.

The proposed fines total $50,000, and Dayton Phoenix Group has 15 working days to either request a hearing with OSHA or agree to pay the fines. The facility was cited for all the same fines in 2009. Violations are considered repeat when they occur twice within a 5-year span.

It is always disturbing to see employers cited for repeat violations. It shows a blatant disregard for worker safety, and the penalties are harsh for a good reason. If OSHA cites Dayton Phoenix Group again for the same violations, they can be considered willful.

Larrimer & Larrimer, LLC—Columbus workers comp attorneys

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