Workers at the Kronis Coatings Division of Jay Industries Inc. in Mansfield, OH, repeatedly suffered exposure to amputation hazards from moving machinery parts during service and maintenance work, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
As a result the company is now facing fines of $62,400 for one repeat and four serious safety violations.
Kronis Coatings Division welds and powder coats metal automotive parts and employs 45 workers. Jay Industries, which employs about 1,000 workers companywide, operates five facilities in Mansfield, one of which is Kronis Coatings Division, and one each in Ann Arbor, Michigan; St. Charles, Illinois; and Gadsen, Alabama.
“Kronis Coatings Division has continually exposed workers to dangerous, moving machinery, which can cause life-altering injury, including amputation,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “When an employer is cited for repeat violations, it demonstrates that safety is not part of the company’s culture. That is unacceptable.”
OSHA initiated an inspection July 17 as a part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses inspection efforts on employers in high injury and illness industries.
The company received a citation for failure to protect workers from moving machinery parts and other violations in 2012 and during the July 17 inspection. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for 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.
In addition, serious violations were for a lack of machine and tongue guarding, failure to adjust machinery properly and to test electrical personnel protective equipment as required. 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.