Company faces $139,000 in fines by OSHA for citations

Kobelco stewart bolling co. cited with 13 violations after worker complaint

by Tim Troglen | reporter Published:

Hudson -- A Terex Road company faces $139,000 in fines from the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for a variety of alleged safety hazards.

Kobelco Stewart Bolling Inc., 1600 Terex Road, which manufactures industrial machinery, was cited May 15 with 13 safety and health violations by OSHA. The governmental agency launched an investigation at the 110-employee facility following a worker complaint, according to OSHA.

David Sealfon, president Kobelco Stewart Bolling Inc., said he was "not able to comment other than we are reviewing the citations."

However, the company did celebrate one year without "a lost time accident" May 15, Sealfon added, calling the timing "ironic."

The citations included "three repeat violations" for inadequate lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers who service or maintain machines from moving machinery parts, exposing workers to unguarded equipment and not labeling chemical containers. The company was cited for similar violations in 2011, according to OSHA.

The company also was cited with six "serious violations" for failing to review lockout/tagout devices annually, storing flammable liquids in an exit path, lack of fire extinguisher training, not identifying and providing the correct chemical resistant gloves to be worn, and two citations on failing to train workers on personal protective equipment.

According to OSHA a "serious violation means death or serious physical harm can result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists."

The company was also cited for four "other-than-serious violations" involving failing to certify and date the workplace hazard assessment, guard machinery, inspect cranes daily and maintain a chemical inventory list.

"Failing to protect workers from dangerous machinery is among the most frequently cited OSHA violations and injuries involving machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability," according to Howard Eberts, OSHA's area Cleveland director. "Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health."

"Safety is the responsibility of every employee at KSBI," said Lisa Weiss, the company's environmental health and safety manager, in a May 15 press release touting the company's safety record.

Accidents are reviewed via a formal investigative procedure, with any corrective measures following, according to the release.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety & Health Review Commission. After the 15 days, fines will be assessed and paid, depending on the outcome of an informal conference, according to OSHA.

For more information, visit www.osha.gov.

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