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Region 5 News Release: V-327
Wednesday, December 16, 1998
Contact: Deborah Zubaty, (614) 469-5582
OSHA ISSUES CITATIONS TO AN OHIO BASED FABRICATED STRUCTURAL STEEL COMPANY FOR ALLEGED WORKPLACE VIOLATIONS
The U. S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has issued citations alleging 33 safety and health violations to Craft Steel Fabricators and Erection Inc., Columbus, with proposed penalties totaling $153,800.
According to Deborah Zubaty, OSHA's area director in Columbus, Ohio, a safety and health inspection was initiated at the facility on August 20, 1998. The inspection focused on previously cited violations for lack of guard railing, machine lockout and tagout procedures, electrical labeling, housekeeping, and storage and use of compressed gas cylinders.
As a result of this investigation, OSHA has issued citations to the firm alleging three failure to abate violations, two failure to abate repeat violations, 22 serious violations, and six repeat violations.
The alleged failure to abate and failure to abate repeat violations include: lack of load limit signs, lack of guard railing, inadequate electrical labeling, housekeeping, and oxygen cylinders stored with fuel gas cylinders.
The alleged repeat violations include: lack of a lockout/tagout program, insufficient working space around electrical equipment, damaged electrical enclosures, and hazard communication deficiencies.
The alleged serious violations include: lack of a personnel protection equipment workplace assessment, overhead crane deficiencies, lack of inspections for hooks, slings, and wire rope, inadequate machine guarding, defective abrasive wheels, lack of protective welding screens, inadequate storage of compressed gas cylinders, inadequate guarding of live electrical equipment, and hazard communication deficiencies.
OSHA defines a serious violation as one in which there is a substantial probability that a death or serious physical harm could result from a hazardous condition, and that the employer knew or should have known of the hazard.
OSHA defines a repeat violation as one in which an employer has been cited within the last three years for a substantially similar condition and the citation has become final order.
OSHA defines a failure-to-abate violation as one in which failure to correct a prior violation exists and the abatement period has expired.
Deborah J. Zubaty, Area Director of the Columbus OSHA Area Office, said Craft Steel Fabricators and Erection, Inc. has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to accept or contest the citations, proposed penalties, and abatement dates with the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission. The company may also request an informal hearing with the area director.
This information will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (312) 353-6976; TDD Message Referral Phone: 1-800-800-4571.
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