Two Workers Struck by Cranes, Cleveland Firm Fined $157,200

An investigation was initiated after OSHA received complaints that two workers had been struck by overhead cranes at Legend Tube and Metal Sales Inc.'s facility, one on May 9 and another on May 10.

OSHA has cited Legend Tube and Metal Sales Inc. in Cleveland for 21 safety (including three willful) and health violations for operating unsafe cranes that struck and injured two workers at the steel service center. The company faces proposed fines of $157,200.

"Legend Tube and Metal Sales has a responsibility to ensure that its workers are protected from hazards associated with crane operations and to comply with relevant OSHA standards," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Employers must be aware of the hazards that exist at their facilities and take appropriate measures to protect workers' health and safety."

An investigation was initiated after OSHA received complaints that two workers had been struck by overhead cranes at the facility, one on May 9 and another on May 10. The three willful safety violations, with proposed penalties of $126,000, were cited for operating a 20-ton, cab-operated crane and a 5-ton, floor-operated crane with the hoist blocks and hooks stuck in position approximately 6 feet off the ground, causing a "struck-by" hazard for workers; failing to establish a preventive maintenance program for the company's eight cranes; and failing to have a gong or other effective warning signal on a 20-ton, cab-operated crane.

Eleven serious safety violations, with proposed fines of $29,400, were cited for failing to provide machine guarding on the horizontal band saw and radial arm saw, failing to develop an energy control program, using defective and worn slings throughout the facility, permitting various electrical violations to exist, and using electrical equipment in need of repair.

Seven other-than-serious health violations, with proposed fines of $1,800, were cited for failing to record workplace injuries and illnesses on the OSHA 300 log, including the incidents that occurred on May 9 and 10; failing to maintain fire extinguishers; exposing electrical equipment to water from a leaking roof; and failing to provide sufficient space around electrical equipment.

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