Amsted Rail Company Inc. in Ohio has been added to the Severe Violator Enforcement Program of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. This follows two investigations -- the first one in January and the second one in February of this year. In total, investigators identified 30 safety violations during these inspections.
Industrial facilities in Ohio pose many safety hazards -- some of which are less obvious than others. The truth is that these often unrecognized dangers can lead to workplace accidents that could cause permanent disability. At this time of the year, dehydration is likely the most significant of these overlooked risks. Workers who are exposed to high temperatures in factories or warehouses can dehydrate, which can cause heat stroke or cardiac problems. Frequent water breaks and a supply of fresh, cool water is essential.
For any worker, the knowledge that a workplace injury that caused a catastrophic injury could have been prevented if only the employer had complied with safety regulations must be devastating. Such must be the feelings of an Ohio worker who suffered and amputation injury at his place of work last December. The employee of the auto insulation manufacturer will have to go through life without a right hand after his hand, wrist and part of his forearm were amputated.
Following a proposed fine of almost $34,000 to an Ohio construction company, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently fined a mechanical services company more than $12,600 after the December death of an employee. Investigators determined the fatality resulted from a safety violation. Authorities graded the violation as serious.
In Dec. 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was called to the premises of a manufacturer of auto insulation in Ohio. OSHA investigators arrived at the factory to investigate a workplace accident that involved an amputation. The agency recently announced that the investigation had been concluded, and a fine of almost $570,000 was proposed.
The numbers of workplace accidents involving robots seem insignificant at present. However, with more and more of them entering the manufacturing industry nationwide, including in Ohio, mechanical workers may cause increased numbers of on-the-job injuries in the future. Any human worker who shares his or her workplace with a robotic colleague may be vulnerable to suffer injuries that might cause permanent disability or worse.
Following several previous posts about the safety risks to which employees in Ohio's glass manufacturing facilities are exposed, a language barrier was recently identified as a major problem in the Fuyao Glass America factory. Inspectors with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have found one safety violation after another during previous inspections, and still, the workers feel their health and safety are in jeopardy. On a recent Thursday evening, they voiced their concerns to the local city council.
An employee of an Ohio-based industrial cleaning company lost his life in a recent workplace accident in another state. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has launched an investigation to determine whether the fatality resulted from a safety violation. The deceased worker was part of a contracted crew cleaning a silo at a power plant.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently expressed its concern about an Ohio foundry at which workers remained exposed to various safety hazards despite previous citations. Inspectors of the federal agency determined that amputation hazards exist due to a lack of safeguarding along with the other risks. A follow-up inspection earlier this month exposed some serious and some repeat violations of which the proposed penalties may exceed $235,000.
Employees in industrial facilities in Ohio and elsewhere typically face numerous dangers in their workplace environments. Employers must know that every safety violation can potentially cause serious workplace injuries or worse. A plastics manufacturing facility in another state will be the subject of a third investigation in seven years after the recent death of an employee.