OSHA Finds Workers Exposed to Repeat and Serious Amputation Hazards at Kronis Coatings

The Mansfield, Ohio company faces $62,400 in penalties

OSHA has found that workers at the Kronis Coatings Division of Jay Industries Inc. were repeatedly exposed to amputation hazards from moving machinery parts during service and maintenance work. OSHA has cited the company with one repeat and four serious safety violations, which carry penalties of $62,400.

“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.”

The company was cited for failure to protect workers from moving machinery parts and other violations in 2012 and during the July 17 inspection. Serious violations were cited for a lack of machine and tongue guarding, failure to adjust machinery properly and to test electrical personnel protective equipment as required.

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