OSHA Fines OH Rail Track Repair Kit Manufacturer $159K

November 3, 2016

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OSHA Fines OH Rail Track Repair Kit Manufacturer $159K
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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited the Napoleon, OH facility of a railroad track repair kit manufacturer after an agency investigation revealed the company “routinely” exposed its workers to amputation risks and other serious injuries posed during service and maintenance of its industrial core machine mixers, OSHA announced Tuesday.

The Railtech Boutet Inc. facility was cited for one willful, and 11 serious safety and health violations after a July 2016 inspection. OSHA has proposed penalties of $159,631. Inspectors found that the company failed to develop power down and lockout procedures for moving parts and exposed workers to air contaminants such as silica, noise, and other hazards.

“All too often, OSHA finds employers are complacent with machine safety features and bypass them to speed production,” Kim Nelson, OSHA area director of the agency’s Toledo, OH office. “Additionally, employers working with processes that can expose workers to silica, noise, and other corrosive material must have procedures in place to minimize and monitor such exposure to ensure the long-term health of workers”

Agency inspectors found that the company did not:

- Conduct air monitoring for contaminants like silica.
- Implement a hearing conservation program.
- Install gates and guardrails to prevent falls at ladderway openings and around dangerous equipment.
- Guard operating parts of mixing equipment.
- Cover electrical junction boxes, unused openings in circuit breaker panels.
- Install an eyewash station near corrosive material.
- Develop a hazard communication program and train employees about hazardous materials in use.
- Store flammable liquid properly.

Railtech Boutet Inc. has 15 days to comply, request an informal hearing with an OSHA area director, or contest the citations before an independent panel.

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