Akron, OH-based Logan Machine Co. is facing $66,600 in fines for 16 safety and health violations following a March inspection initiated from a complaint about hazards, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.
“Employers have a responsibility to ensure that they are protecting workers against known hazards in their plants,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland.
Eight serious safety violations involve failing to evaluate each powered industrial truck operator’s performance at least once every three years, regularly inspect powered industrial vehicles, establish proper lockout/tagout procedures for the energy sources of equipment, use undamaged web slings, properly guard machines and reduce compressed air used for cleaning to 30 pounds per square inch.
Seven serious health violations involve failing to properly store flammable and combustible materials, use undamaged welding helmets, provide fire extinguishers, and use explosion-proof electrical fixtures in the paint room. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
One other-than-serious violation is failing to train workers on using and cleaning respirators. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.