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Toledo, OH-based Precision Steel Services Inc. is facing $66,330 in fines for 11 safety violations, including a repeat violation for failing to remove from service a forklift that was in need of repair, said Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials.

“OSHA takes all safety and health violations very seriously,” said Kimberly Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “However, repeat violations, in particular, indicate a lack of commitment to these issues, and OSHA will hold employers responsible to ensure that workers are protected from preventable hazards.”

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A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced 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. OSHA found similar violations in 2009 at the same facility.

There are also nine serious violations, including failing to protect workers from falls on elevated workspaces, provide lockout/tagout procedures, properly inspect forklifts, ensure forklift brakes were set when parked, provide electrical safe work training and utilize electrical personal protective equipment. 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.

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An other-than-serious violation has been cited for failing to mark lockout/tagout devices with an employee identifier. An other-than-serious violation has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.

Precision Steel Services Inc., a steel processor, has had five previous OSHA inspections, three of which have occurred since 2009 and resulted in citations for seven serious violations involving personal protective equipment, forklifts, mechanical equipment in disrepair and a lack of guarding on portable power tools.

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