OSHA: Man fell 40 feet at Canton steel co.

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CANTON, Ohio – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited TimkenSteel Friday, Jan. 29, for two repeated and three serious safety violations, according to an OSHA press release.

A 39-year-old worker suffered multiple broken bones after he fell more than 40 feet while conducting maintenance on a crane at TimkenSteel’s Faircrest Plant in August, the release stated.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration found the company failed to provide the worker adequate fall protection. The injury was the second life-threatening injury at a TimkenSteel plant since May 2015.

OSHA cited the steel manufacturer for two repeated and three serious safety violations. TimkenSteel faces $129,500 in fines as a result of OSHA’s investigation.

“TimkenSteel needs to fix their safety program immediately,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “OSHA will monitor these plants until the company makes protecting workers a priority. No worker should die or suffer life-altering workplace injuries because their employer fails in its responsibility to protect their employees.”

In May 2015, another TimkenSteel worker was severely injured when a crane’s safety latch failed and 1,000 pounds of equipment fell on him at its Gambrinus plant. In October 2015, OSHA placed TimkenSteel in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program, after investigations at the Harrison and Gambrinus plants found several violations resulting in proposed fines of $393,500. The company has contested those violations.

View citations issued here.

TimkenSteel spokesman Joe Milicia released a statement from the company on Tuesday:

“Workplace safety is our top priority. We have and will continue to evaluate our safety procedures, take corrective actions and ensure we’re doing all we can to prevent future incidents. We are working closely with our employees and with OSHA to maintain a safe workplace environment.”

“We will review and determine if an appeal on any of the citations from OSHA is appropriate. Our focus remains on continuously working with our employees to improve worker safety.”

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