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Region 5 News Release: 13-1307-CHI
July 17, 2013
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Specialty Metals Processing in
Stow, Ohio, for failing to correct violations; proposes $131,320 in fines

STOW, Ohio – Specialty Metals Processing Inc. has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration with five violations at its machine tool manufacturing plant in Stow. The violations include three failure-to-abate citations for not administering an effective hearing conservation program and implementing procedures to control hazardous energy. OSHA initiated its follow-up inspection in January. Proposed fines total $131,320.

"Specialty Metals Processing has a responsibility to protect its workers by ensuring they are enrolled in a hearing conservation program. It also must train them concerning energy control procedures to prevent injuries from the unintentional operation of machinery," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Employers who are cited for repeat and failure-to-abate citations demonstrate a lack of commitment to worker safety and health."

The inspection found that the company failed to abate three previously cited violations. In February 2012, the company failed to administer a continuing hearing conservation program for workers exposed to noise exceeding the time-weighted average for eight hours. In May 2012, the company failed to develop adequate energy control procedures and conduct periodic inspections to ensure workers followed those procedures correctly. Additionally, the company did not provide OSHA with the required abatement documentation for the three citations.

Two repeat violations were cited for failing to train workers on the purpose and use of energy control procedures and not training them on the general principles of fire extinguisher use upon initial employment and annually thereafter. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited in February 2012.

The current citations may be viewed at
www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Speciality-Metals_98679_837233._0712_13.PDF*

Specialty Metals Processing Inc. 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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