Ohio Steel Facility Cited for Electrical, Machine Hazards

OSHA has cited Mentor, Ohio-based RKI Inc., which operates the Roll-Kraft steel manufacturing facility, with 12 alleged safety violations carrying proposed penalties of $69,650. The company has been cited for failing to properly protect workers against electrical and machine hazards, and for not providing required safety training.

The agency cited the company with one willful and seven serious safety violations following an inspection in January. Some of these violations include the company's failure to provide adequate guarding on lathes, grinding, and other dangerous machines; to develop and implement training on locking a machine's energy source, and alerting others about the state of that power source; and to provide proper fire response training.

A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing, or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or plain indifference to employee safety and health. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

The company also has received four other-than-serious violations for failing to properly record past workplace injuries.

"It is the responsibility of employers to ensure workers are provided with proper safety protection against electrical and machine hazards, and that they receive proper emergency training," said OSHA Area Director Rob Medlock in Cleveland. "Those who ignore these safety and health regulations are inviting tragedy into the lives of their workers."

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

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