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Repeat Hazards Hit Company for $62K

Monday, November 3, 2014

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An Ohio powder coating facility repeatedly accused of exposing workers to amputation hazards now faces $62,400 in proposed penalties, according to federal safety officials.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Mansfield, OH-based Kronis Coatings Division of Jay Industries Inc. for one repeat and four serious violations.

Kronis Coatings welds and powder-coats metal automotive parts and has 45 employees, according to OSHA. Jay Industries employs about 1,000 workers companywide and operates five facilities in Mansfield, as well as one each in Ann Arbor, MI; St. Charles, IL; and Gadsen, AL.

Dangerous, Moving Machinery

"Kronis Coatings Division has continually exposed workers to dangerous, moving machinery, which can cause life-altering injury, including amputation," said Kim Nelson, OSHA's area director in Toledo.

Kronis Coatings Division

The Kronis Coatings Division of Jay Industries Inc. was cited with a repeat violation for failing to protect workers from moving machine parts, exposing them to amputation hazards, OSHA alleges.

"When an employer is cited for repeat violations, it demonstrates that safety is not part of the company's culture. That is unacceptable."

Amputation hazards are one of OSHA's most frequently cited violations, and the agency initiated the July 2014 inspection as part of its Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on employers in high injury and illness industries.

The company could not be reached Friday (Oct. 31).

The Violations

The repeat violation was cited for failing to use procedures to control hazardous energy.

According to OSHA, Kronis Coatings did not make sure that machinery was shut down and turned off before employees conducted activities such as changing saw blades and drill bits.

Repeat violations exist when an employer has been previously cited for the same or a similar violation within the last five years. OSHA cited the company for similar violations during a February 2012 inspection.

Four serious violations allege failure to:

  • Test electrical protective equipment at least once every six months;
  • Ensure machines were properly guarded;
  • Adjust work rests and tongue guards on grinding machinery; and
  • Enclose the rotating horizontal shaft of a band saw.

Serious violations are those that carry substantial probability of death or serious physical harm from a hazard the employer knew, or should have known, about.

The company has 15 days from receiving the citations to comply, contest the findings, or request an informal conference with OSHA's area director.


Tagged categories: Enforcement; Health & Safety; Health and safety; Metals; North America; OSHA; Powder Coatings; Workers

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