The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspected a San Cast Inc. facility in Coshocton, Ohio after a worker’s leg was amputated in June 2013. Even after the tragic accident, OSHA discovered multiple amputation and fall hazards during a follow up inspection in November.
OSHA issued 17 citations that amounted to more than $150,000 in fines. Several citations were for repeat violations, which carry stricter penalties and higher fines.
San Cast received repeat violations for inadequate fall protection stemming from an unguarded platform. Management also failed to protect workers from ingoing nip points on belts and pulleys, despite a previous OSHA citation.
Lack of fall protection is OSHA’s most frequently cited offense. Workers who fall on the job can suffer paralysis, internal damage and even death. Falls kill hundreds of workers each year and injure thousands more, so safety procedures on ladders or lifted platforms can save lives.
The facility was also cited for failing to properly maintain machinery, like their overhead trolley system and several cranes. OSHA fined San Cast for failing to inspect cranes and hoists regularly after broken crane wires were discovered.
Broken wires can endanger workers by becoming an electrocution hazard, or causing the crane to act erratically while in use. Preventative maintenance on workplace machinery can help stop accidents before they happen.
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