Worker Injured by Falling Piece of Steel, Ohio Firm Fined $54,600

An inspection was initiated July 22 after a worker sustained a serious injury to his left arm caused by a piece of falling steel when a lifting magnet malfunctioned and dropped a load weighing approximately 2,900 pounds.

OSHA has cited Lange Grinding Inc. for 33 safety violations at the company's Streetsboro, Ohio, facility, where finishing operations are performed for various manufacturers. An inspection was initiated July 22 after a worker sustained a serious injury to his left arm caused by a piece of falling steel when a lifting magnet malfunctioned and dropped a load weighing approximately 2,900 pounds. Proposed fines total $54,600.

"Failing to ensure equipment such as lifting magnets is working correctly puts workers at an unnecessary safety risk in a highly hazardous industry," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Employers have a responsibility to recognize the hazards that exist in their facilities and take necessary precautions to protect workers' safety and health."

Lange Grinding has been cited for 30 serious violations. Those specifically related to the incident include the lack of a load rating for the lifting magnet and the lack of protection on the toggle switch of the magnet's control panel. Other violations include failing to guard open-sided floors and exposed stairways, inspect ladders and remove a defective ladder from service, implement a lockout program for the energy sources of equipment, train lift truck operators on safe operating procedures and to inspect lift trucks before use, inspect overhead cranes, inspect slings and fastening attachments, remove defective slings from service, provide adequate machine guarding, store compressed gas cylinders safely, control electrical hazards, and provide a comprehensive program to inform employees about hazardous substances.

Additionally, Lange Grinding has been cited for three other-than-serious violations for failing to label building structures with load ratings, perform a hazard assessment to determine the need for personal protective equipment, and conduct fire extinguisher training.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Easy to Use Safety Incident App

    Record incidents on the go with IndustrySafe’s mobile app. Collect data for multiple types of incidents including including near misses, vehicle and environmental incidents, and employee and non-employee injuries; at job sites and remote locations—with or without web access.

  • Complete Online Safety Training Courses

    Deliver state-of-the art, online safety training courses to your organization with IndustrySafe Training Management Software. Generate reports to track training compliance and automatically notify learners of upcoming or overdue classes.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus