OSHA Cites Ohio Steel Manufacturing Facility

Proposed fines total $69,650

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Mentor, Ohio-based RKI, which operates the Roll-Kraft steel manufacturing facility, with 12 alleged safety violations.

Proposed fines total $69,650.

The company received one willful violation, which OSHA defines as committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the laws requirements or plain indifference to employee safety or health. The firm also was cited for seven serious safety violations.

The alleged safety violations include failing to properly protect workers against electrical and machine hazards and for not providing required safety training. OSHA, which conducted a January inspection, said the company failed to provide adequate guarding on lathes, grinding and other machines; to develop and implement a plan on locking a machines energy source; and to provide proper fire-response training.

The federal agency also issued four other-than-serious violations for failing to properly record past workplace injuries.

RKI has 15 days from receipt of the citations to comply, request a conference with OSHA or contest the findings.

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