Brown-Campbell Co. is facing $64,400 in fines for 19 safety and health violations, including four repeat infractions, following a Dec. 5 inspection after getting a complaint, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials.

Inspectors found workers at the Maple Heights, OH, plant did not have protective clothing and that several machines lacked guarding at the specialty steel products company.

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“Brown-Campbell has a responsibility to protect the health of its employees by providing and ensuring workers wear protective clothing and to provide training on known hazards in the workplace,” said Howard Eberts, director of OSHA’s Cleveland Area Office. “Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”

Three repeat safety violations involve failing to provide welding screens, protective clothing for employees exposed to metal sparks, and establish a lockout/tagout program to control the use of hazardous energy. A repeat health violation was for failing to provide employees hazard communication program training. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously had the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations came in 2011 at the Chicago facility.

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Additionally, eight serious safety violations include failing to protect workers from falls around open-sided floors; have properly trapped overflow piping for dip tanks; have electrically bonded portable containers when transferring liquid to the dip tanks; train employees on the use of portable fire extinguishers; and have a properly rated electrical disconnect box. Additionally, OSHA issued violations for failing to adequately guard a shear, metal grating saw and bench grinder.

There were three serious health violations for failing to institute a hearing conservation program and to label dip tanks with the name of hazardous chemicals and with the appropriate hazard warnings. 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.

Brown-Campbell also received citations for three other-than-serious safety violations for failing to identify the load limit of an overhead storage area, adequately separate oxygen cylinders from combustible materials and close an unused opening in an electrical box. One other-than-serious health violation was for failing to provide respiratory protection training to workers using dust masks. 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.

Detroit-based Brown-Campbell has additional warehouses in Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Memphis, Minneapolis and South Carolina. Sales offices are in California, Chicago, North Carolina and Philadelphia.

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