Employees of Steel and Pipe Manufacturer Faced Laceration, Crushing Hazards

Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co. Inc. faces $45,500 in penalties as a result, according to OSHA.

An OSHA inspection found several hazardous conditions at a Pacemaker Steel & Piping Co. Inc. facility in Utica, N.Y., including laceration and amputation hazards from inadequately guarded saw blades and crushing hazards from damaged and unsecured storage racks that could fail and drop materials on employees and from struck by hazards caused by improperly loaded forklift attachments.

OSHA began the inspection on March 3, 2015, under its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which directs enforcement resources to high-hazard workplaces where the highest rates of injuries and illnesses occur.

The provider of steel, aluminum, and other metals and pipe faces proposed penalties of $45,500 for three repeat and four serious violations. "Left uncorrected, these hazards could cost employees their lives or their well-being. The fact that a number of these hazards are similar to those found during prior inspections shows that Pacemaker Steel must take additional and effective steps to adequately identify eliminate and prevent future hazards at all its locations," said Christopher Adams, OSHA's area director in Syracuse.

The inspection also identified an exit door blocked by snow and other deficiencies that could prevent employees from exiting the workplace swiftly and safely in the event of a fire and other emergencies; falls from a stairway that lacked a required safety railing; and slipping hazards from water on the shop floor, OSHA reported.

Download Center

  • OSHA Recordkeeping Guide

    In case you missed it, OSHA recently initiated an enforcement program to identify employers who fail to electronically submit Form 300A recordkeeping data to the agency. When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and ins and outs. This guide is here to help! We’ll explain reporting, recording, and online reporting requirements in detail.

  • Incident Investigations Guide

    If your organization has experienced an incident resulting in a fatality, injury, illness, environmental exposure, property damage, or even a quality issue, it’s important to perform an incident investigation to determine how this happened and learn what you can do to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the steps of performing an incident investigation.

  • Lone Worker Guide

    Lone workers exist in every industry and include individuals such as contractors, self-employed people, and those who work off-site or outside normal hours. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies, inadequate rest and breaks, physical violence, and more. To learn more about lone worker risks and solutions, download this informative guide.

  • Job Hazard Analysis Guide

    This guide includes details on how to conduct a thorough Job Hazard Analysis, and it's based directly on an OSHA publication for conducting JHAs. Download the guide to learn how to identify potential hazards associated with each task of a job and set controls to mitigate hazard risks.

  • The Basics of Incident Investigations Webinar

    Without a proper incident investigation, it becomes difficult to take preventative measures and implement corrective actions. Watch this on-demand webinar for a step-by-step process of a basic incident investigation, how to document your incident investigation findings and analyze incident data, and more. 

  • Vector Solutions

Featured Whitepaper

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - October 2022

    October 2022

    Featuring:

    • FACILITY SAFETY
      Here's Why Constant Bending Can Be Troublesome
    • INDUSTRIAL HYGIENE
      How Artificial Intelligence in Revolutionizing Jobs
    • PPE: RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
      Choosing the Right Respiratory Protection
    • WINTER HAZARDS
      Managing Cold Stress with the Proper PPE
    View This Issue