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An induction thermal treatment line at TimkenSteelrsquos Gambrinus plant quenches and tempers up to 20000 tons per year of steel bar

OSHA Cites TimkenSteel for Safety Hazards at Three Sites

Dec. 9, 2014
Fines proposed after inspectors find risks of falls, amputation at three plants Workers initiated complaints Penalties total $77,000 Violations defined

The federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited TimkenSteel Corp. for 12 serious safety violations at three plants in Canton, OH, where inspections revealed that employees were exposed to risks of falling and amputation. OSHA noted its inspections in May, July, and September were initiated following employee complaints of unsafe working conditions.

The agency has proposed fines totaling $77,000 against TimkenSteel, the company established last June after a spinoff from the original Timken Co.  It produces steel bars (including forging billets) and seamless mechanical tubing.

TimkenSteel was allowed 15 business days from its receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA classifies violations according to the degree of severity: “other than serious”, “serious,” “willful,” and “repeat” violations. Serious violations, as alleged at TimkenSteel, are those from which death or serious physical harm may result, and which an employer knew or should have known existed.

"TimkenSteel allowed workers to be exposed to fall and amputation hazards at its steel plants, which compromised employee safety in a highly hazardous work environment," stated Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "OSHA hopes to continue to work with corporate safety representatives and the United Steelworkers to address these safety issues proactively and ensure workers are protected on the job."

The agency reported that its inspection in May at TimkenSteel’s Gambrinus Ave. plant in Canton found two serious violations for failure to guard floor holes and for missing guardrails, exposing workers to fall hazards.

In July, seven serious violations were found a TimkenSteel’s Faircrest plant, including failure to guard cranes and crane trolley runways, exposing workers to fall hazards.

In September an inspection at TimkenSteel’s Dueber Ave. plant found three serious violations, in which workers were exposed to moving machinery parts during service and maintenance.

About the Author

Robert Brooks | Editor/Content Director - Endeavor Business Media

Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others.

Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing—including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)