Dec. 16, 2015
OSHA cites Quality Ready Mix for repeatedly exposing
workers to fall, machine hazards at Ohio cement plant
Employer name: Quality Ready Mix Inc., St. Mary's, Ohio.
Citations received: Dec. 7, 2015
Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration's Toledo Area Office cited the Ohio company for one willful, three repeat, and two serious safety violations at the company's Van Buren cement silo hopper.
OSHA's follow-up inspection found the company failed to:
- Develop permit required confined space procedures and train employees on such procedures;
- Protect workers from operating parts of machinery by using locking and blocking devices*;
- Provide fall protection for employees working from heights; and
- Protect workers from electrical hazards.
Quality Ready Mix was previously cited for each of these violations in 2013 at the same plant on County Road in Van Buren. The company contested the violations which were affirmed as final order on Nov. 14, 2014, with respect to the same worksite.
Quote: "Quality Ready Mix needs to make immediate improvements to its safety programs at this plant," said Kimberly Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo. "It is disappointing when employers are cited for repeated violations because it demonstrates that they do not take safety seriously."
Proposed Penalties: $51,920
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To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, 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 Toledo Area Office at 419-259-7542.
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Release Number: 15-2397-CHI
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