OSHA cites company for violations at local plant

Proposed fines total $65,000 following 13 alleged serious safety violations; about 850 workers are employed at the local facility.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Mar 27, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Kyklos Bearings International for 13 alleged serious safety violations after an October 2012 complaint inspection found that the company failed to comply with asbestos regulations while removing boiler components at the Sandusky facility. No injuries have been reported as a result of the violations. Proposed fines total $65,000.

“Failing to require workers to wear personal protective equipment and use respirators when disposing of asbestos is unacceptable and exposes workers to unnecessary health risks,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Employers have a responsibility to properly train workers for tasks to which they are assigned and to monitor their exposure to hazardous materials.”

A total of 13 serious safety violations of OSHA’s asbestos standard were cited for failing to establish a regulated area; provide initial exposure assessment and air monitoring; provide supervision by a competent person; use approved methods for the removal and handling of asbestos-containing material; require employees wear personal protective equipment, such as protective clothing and respirators; display warning signs and labels; and provide a decontamination area, asbestos removal training and adequate waste disposal. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

Asbestos hazards are addressed in specific OSHA standards for general industry and shipyard employment. For more information see http://www.osha.gov/SLTC/asbesto....

Kyklos Bearings International is a subsidiary of HHI, headquartered in Royal Oak, Mich., and manufactures bearings for the automotive industry. About 850 workers are employed at the Sandusky facility.

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 and Health Review Commission.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Toledo Area Office at 419-259-7542.

Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.

Comments

jstus2001

Just what is needed in this economy...Fines for safety violations with no injuries...Policing is fine but, can we stop the Obammy-Nazism...

Snoozer

Ive lost good friends who died on the job for unsafe working conditions. Thats one of the reasons we have unions in this country! The "man" doesnt care about your safety he just wants big profit. Safety should come first always.

WASP71

OSHA has fined companies way before Oblama had anything to do with it. Fine the hell out of them. Especially when this crap gives people cancer and will kill them.

Windy

Sure, don't blame the workers. They knew that they were working with asbestos and that asbestos can cause cancer and kill them. The workers should be smart enough to put on their own safety equipment without waiting for the company to require them to do so. Duh!

WASP71

Really-they knew this? I would like you to ask 18-25 year olds if they know what asbestos is. Bet 9 out of 10 don't. It is the employers responsibility to make a safe work place. If you actually think workers in an industrial setting know everything they are working with all the time then you need to wake up. There are chemicals and things that are in a factory that people work with everyday that they can't even pronounce ,let alone know how to handle them. That is just a stupid and ignorant statement. The employee tells them and gives them proper equipment and training. If they don't then fine the 'ell out of them. Get real. I hope you don't have kids to grow up with your mind set.

Ehovemom

I am glad they are only fining them for safety violations; maybe they can correct them before someone loses their life.

doc5798a

Holy cow, only an idiot could blame OSHA fines on Obama, wow!

KnuckleDragger

How could this be? This is a UAW plant. I thought one of the main reasons for the unions existence was to monitor safety in the workplace? FAIL. I guess this proves that their only function nowadays is to keep the lazy from being fired.