Machine Operator Fatally Crushed at Cleveland Track Material

OSHA announced it has cited the company for seven serious safety violations.

A 45-year-old machine operator was fatally crushed while he adjusted a set screw on a rolling mill at Cleveland Track Material on Aug. 21, 2014. OSHA has found that workers were exposed to dangerous rotating machinery parts at the facility that rolls steel for railroad industry use. The company has been issued seven serious safety violations.

"A son lost his father and a wife lost her husband," said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. "This tragedy could have been prevented had the employer implemented basic safety precautions associated with dangerous machinery."

OSHA's inspection found that the lead rolling mill operator came in contact with a spinning shaft. He suffered fatal blunt force trauma and injuries related to crushing as a result.

The company allegedly failed to ensure the worker was protected against contact with rotating parts, chains, and sprockets and that machines were properly guarded and locked out prior to maintenance. Additionally, employees were inadequately trained on these procedures.

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