NEW YORK Timken Co. has
been fined $170,500 by the Occupational Safety and Health
Administration (OSHA) for 12 safety violations stemming from a
June inspection of its Canton, Ohio, steel mill.
The alleged violations included
a failure to have guardrails on elevated platforms; failing to
ensure that electrical boxes with unused openings were closed;
and failing to machine-guard ingoing nip points, points of
operation and rotating parts, OSHA said Thursday. Other alleged
violations included not providing eyewash stations and not
conducting safety trainings as required.
"Timken Co. has a responsibility
to recognize safety hazards in its facility and to train
workers in emergency response," Howard Eberts, OSHAs area
director in Cleveland, said in a statement. "When employers
knowingly ignore safety and health requirements, they are
unduly placing their workers at risk for illnesses and
injuries, and that is unacceptable."
Since 2007, OSHA has cited
Timken for 27 alleged violations stemming from 16 inspections,
the agency said.
Timkens safety track
record has been favorable to date, a spokesman for Canton-based
Timken told AMM in an e-mail Friday.
"In 2012 so far, the
plants lost-time incident rate has been less than one
incident per 200,000 hours worked, while its OSHA reportable
injury rate has been less than five per 200,000 hours worked,"
he said. "Timken remains deeply committed to ensuring the
health and safety of its 21,000 associates, and weve
acted quickly to respond to the OSHA report."
The spokesman added that the
roller bearings giant is "quickly correcting" the issues and
requiring members of the companys safety team to complete
additional training. The company will meet with OSHA
representatives later this month to continue discussions.