Region 5 News Release: V-45
Friday, March 12, 1999
Contact: Robin Medlock
PHONE : (216) 522-3818
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO RMI TITANIUM COMPANY, NILES, OHIO,
FOR ALLEGED WORKPLACE SAFETY VIOLATIONS;
PROPOSES PENALTIES TOTALING $159,500
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) has issued citations alleging 57 safety
violations to RMI Titanium Company, 1000 Warren Avenue, Niles,
Ohio. The proposed penalties total $159,500.
According to Rob Medlock, OSHA's Area Director in Cleveland,
a safety and health inspection was conducted between October 1998
and January 1999 after a worker filed a complaint. Although some
large gaps in the safety program were found in the inspection,
the company cooperated with OSHA and responded quickly to
Medlock said, "We were impressed by the amount and quality of
corrective action taken during a difficult and hectic period at
the company." He added, "We have been assured the company has
adopted a more pro-active approach to their safety and health
The alleged serious violations included overhead, truck and
jib cranes that were overloaded, had worn or missing components,
and were not tested and inspected. OSHA also found deficient
machine guards, fire exits, fire protection programs, emergency
response program and electrical hazards. An alleged repeat
violation addressed a live electrical box without a cover.
OSHA defines a serious violation as a hazardous condition in
which there is a substantial probability that death or serious
physical harm could result and the employer knew or should have
known of the hazard.
OSHA defines a repeat violation as a workplace condition
substantially similar to one previously cited within the last
RMI Titanium Company has 15 working days to contest the
citations and proposed penalties before the independent
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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