An Ohio aluminum parts manufacturer with a history of safety violations faces $ 1.7 million in penalties for 38 safety and health violations following a federal investigation into the death of a 43-year-old worker who was knocked on a machine's barrier door in March.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said that General Aluminum Manufacturing Co. allowed employees at its Ravenna / Rootstown plant to circumvent protection mechanisms designed to protect employees from the barrier door that closes on them and that an error in the door's optical control occurred prior to the fatal incident. The worker loaded part of the machine when the barrier door was closed on his head, according to an OSHA statement issued on Monday.
In addition, OSHA's investigation identified problems with machine protection and lack of protection procedures ̵
The company also failed to protect employees from fire and explosion hazards caused by pooled water on the floor, provide staff with appropriate protective equipment, train workers adequately on hazards and safety procedures, record employee training and develop emergency plans, OSHA said.
OSHA cited the company for four repeated, 18 intentional and 16 serious violations of safety and health and placed it in the Agency's program of serious violations.  The company could not be immediately reached for comment.