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OSHA cites Ohio aluminum plant for willful, repeat and serious violations

OSHA has cited an Ohio aluminum plant for willful, repeat and serious violations.

OSHA has cited an Ohio aluminum plant for willful, repeat and serious violations.

The U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Matalco US Inc.'s aluminum plant in Canton, Ohio for "two willful, one repeat and two serious safety violations." OSHA conducted a March 24, 2014 inspection of the Canton facility, and the proposed penalties from that visit total $130,200.

OSHA explains in its press release: "A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirement, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health."

The agency has also placed Matalco in OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program, "which concentrates resources on inspecting employers who have demonstrated indifference to their OSH Act obligations by willful, repeated, or failure-to-abate violations."

Matalco's violations include one willful violation for failing to have proper machine guarding for a robot cell, which consequently exposed workers to amputation hazards. The company incurred another willful violation by not removing a crane with broken safety mechanisms from service. In addition, workers were exposed to fall risks due to the company's lack of guardrails, a repeat of a 2012 violation by the same facility.

Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland, spoke to Matalco's blatant disregard for safety: "This company allowed workers to stand on blocks elevated by a forklift, and that's just one visible example of the total disregard for worker safety and health at this plant," adding, "By placing Matalco US in our Severe Violator Enforcement Program, OSHA is putting the company on notice that this is unacceptable."

Matalco's citation for willful, repeat and serious citations serves as reminder of the importance of workplace safety regulations. A learning management system (LMS) can help your organization improve safety, while strengthening compliance. 

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