US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Ohio-based Garland Welding
for failing to protect workers from safety and health hazards
LOWELLVILLE, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Garland Welding with 30 violations at its Lowellville metal fabrication shop. A complaint prompted a health inspection on Oct. 26, 2011, which triggered a subsequent safety inspection. Proposed fines total $94,500.
"Failing to have proper machine guards increases the risk of amputation, among others," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers, especially when employers fail to do so."
Fourteen serious health violations involve failing to provide adequate ventilation within confined spaces during welding operations; evaluate sites as permit-required confined spaces; develop an effective hearing conservation program; develop a written respiratory protection program to evaluate hazards and train workers; train workers to use and periodically inspect fire extinguishers; develop a written hazard communication program to teach chemical awareness; maintain material safety data sheets for hazardous chemicals; assess whether existing hazards necessitate personal protective equipment; and maintain and provide reliable welding helmets. Another health citation involves failing to keep flammable and combustible liquids stored around spray operations to a less than needed per-shift level and in amounts less than 120 gallons outside of storage cabinets.
Additionally, 12 serious safety violations involve failing to establish a hazardous energy control program for equipment maintenance, properly inspect powered industrial trucks, inspect cranes annually, remove defective web slings from service and provide point-of-operation guards for foot treadles, mechanical presses and flywheels. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Four other-than-serious violations involve failing to record injuries and illness on the OSHA Form 300 for 2010 and 2011, ensure competent industrial vehicles operation via a training and evaluation program, and provide guarding of a flywheel on a mechanical press brake. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical injury.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Cleveland Area Office at 216-615-4266.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to ensure these conditions for America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.
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