NEW YORK Extrudex Aluminum Inc. is facing a $175,000 fine by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged safety violations.
OSHA cited Woodbridge, Ontario-based Extrudex for eight alleged safety violations, including two willful violations, after a rack containing hot aluminum parts tipped over in an oven at the companys North Jackson, Ohio, plant. One worker was pinned by the rack and killed, while another was severely injured in the Oct. 30 incident.
"Extrudex Aluminum could have prevented this tragic loss by protecting workers from hazards unique to its operation," Howard Eberts, OSHAs area director in Cleveland, said. "Workers should not be asked to take such risks, and OSHA will not tolerate such disregard for worker safety."
However, Extrudex disagrees with OSHAs finding and plans to pursue its remedies at the administrative and judicial level if necessary, the company told AMM via e-mail April 26.
"We have reviewed all company safety procedures and safety training programs in place, and remain convinced that at the end of the OSHA review process we will demonstrate that we continue to maintain a safe environment for our employees," a company spokesman said.
The extruded aluminum products manufacturer has been placed in OSHAs severe violator enforcement program, which mandates targeted follow-up inspections to ensure compliance with the law.