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Timken steel mill fined $170,500 by OSHA

Keywords: Tags  Timken, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, safety violations, roller bearings, Catherine Ngai

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, OSHA’s 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.

Timken’s 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 plant’s 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 we’ve 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 company’s safety team to complete additional training. The company will meet with OSHA representatives later this month to continue discussions.

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