Cleveland Track Materials has just been cited with seven serious OSHA violations for its role in contributing to a fatal workplace accident that occurred this past August. According to OSHA’s investigation-related documents, a 45-year-old employee of the steel rolling company died when he suffered blunt-force trauma and was crushed by the spinning shaft of one of the facility’s machines.
While Cleveland Track Materials has 15 business days to respond to the OSHA citations, OSHA is currently proposing to fine the company about $49,000 for its negligence.
Negligence That Led to the Fatal Workplace Injury
The OSHA citations that Cleveland Track Materials have received outline the various forms of negligence that the employer is alleged to have contributed to and that alleged led to the fatal workplace accident.
Specifically, such negligence is alleged to have included the company’s failure to:
- Ensure that its employees were properly protected from the rotating parts, chains and sprockets of the steel rolling machinery
- Ensure that the machines were appropriately locked out before employees performed maintenance work on them
- Properly train employees on the safety protocols for working with and maintaining the steel rolling machinery.
In fact, as OSHA explained in these citations, these are among the most common ways in which manufacturing companies violate OSHA regulations.
As Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland, has stated, “this tragedy could have been prevented had the employer implemented basic safety precautions associated with dangerous machinery.”
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