According to Cleveland Business, Telefast Industries Inc. a subsidiary of Elgin Fastener Group in Brecksville, Ohio, has been cited more than $120,000 for putting its employees at risk of amputation in the workplace.
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced the citations on Jan. 21 after investigating the plant last year. The violations range from not installing guards on machinery to failing to use recommended safety procedures to prevent employees from coming in contact with dangerous machinery. Many of the violations were brought to Telefast’s attention back in 2014 when the company was cited for similar issues.
The total cost of the citations being weighed against Telefast Industries, which include four repeated, two serious, and two other-than-serious violations, equal $121,000.
“I cannot imagine reaching into a machine to clear a product jam or make a quick fix without knowing the machine was inoperable,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s Cleveland area director, in the the official press release. “Yet, these workers — like thousands do across the nation each day — reached into operating machines. Many suffer severe and disabling injuries. Employers must protect their workers on the job.”
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in its latest census of fatal occupational injuries that 4,405 workers were killed in workplace-related accidents in 2013. It is part of OSHA’s duty to ensure these incidents are not repeated in the future, thus helping save countless lives of workers just trying to earn an honest day’s pay.
Telefast Industries must now respond to OSHA’s findings within 15 business days in one of three ways: agree to pay the fines levied against it, request a conference with OSHA area director Howard Eberts to work out a solution, or challenge the findings altogether. Elgin Fastener Group has not responded to Cleveland Business as of Jan. 25.