Since an automotive glass manufacturer in Ohio opened in Oct. 2015, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration have investigated no less than eight times. Soon after it opened, OSHA started receiving complaints from workers about safety hazards at the facility. One safety violation that seems to be identified during every inspection is the lack of machine safeguarding that can cause amputation injuries.
Although employers in Ohio must protect the health and safety of their employees, safety regulations are sometimes willfully disregarded to speed up production. Penalties were recently proposed against a business owner who allegedly ordered workers to bypass safety devices and threatened them with disciplinary action if production quotas were not met. The investigation into an amputation injury incident by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration also resulted in the automobile parts manufacturer being added to the agency's list of severe violators.
An auto parts manufacturer in Ohio does not agree with the findings of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration after an inspection of the facility. However, the federal inspectors identified multiple safety hazards that could cause severe injuries, and in some cases, fatalities. OSHA cited the company for one willful safety violation and eight serious violations.
A supplier of aluminum die-castings in Ohio has been accused of failing to maintain safe workplace environments at its plants in Conneaut, Wapakoneta and Ravenna. All three of these facilities have received safety violation citations over the past few years, and federal safety investigators recently conducted the fifth investigation at one of this company's facilities since 2013. A worker's hand was crushed in the latest incident.
During an inspection at a metal coating facility in Ohio in 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined that employees were exposed to multiple dangerous conditions at the plant. Instead of addressing the issues for which citations were issued at that time, the company chose to continue leaving workers unprotected. Even one safety violation can cause life-changing workplace injuries or illness.
Each industry in Ohio has its own unique set of safety hazards from which workers must be protected. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed a follow-up inspection at a facility at which granite and marble are processed. The inspection followed allegations that were made in February about a safety violation that was also identified at this business in 2012.
Employers in Ohio must always ensure that operators of equipment are adequately qualified to work on each particular machine. Furthermore, suitable machinery must be used according to manufacturer's manuals. After a tragic death in a neighboring state, investigators determined that a safety violation in the use of improper equipment for the job caused the fatality.
In 2012, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspected the facilities of an Ohio foundry. Many safety violations were identified at that time. When the federal agency paid a follow-up visit to the company in January, inspectors found multiple instances in which the workers were still exposed to the same hazards, some of which can cause permanent impairment.
Ohio workers have the right to report unsafe workplace environments. The health and well-being of employees should not be compromised by company owners who prioritize profits over workers' safety. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently completed a second inspection at an industrial company in Cleveland -- the first of which involved an amputation injury.
Whenever dangerous components such as nitrogen gas are stored at business premises, there are strict safety regulations that govern its storage to ensure no deadly leaks occur. Unfortunately, in some cases, company owners who are used to having such toxic gases around grow complacent and neglect to pay the necessary attention to the dangers posed by it. A worker's death at an Ohio steel plant may have resulted from such a safety violation.