NEW YORK St. Louis Cold Drawn Inc. been cited for 26 alleged safety violations by the U.S. Labor Departments Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a worker died in May.
The citations, which carry proposed penalties totaling $51,800, followed an OSHA investigation into the St. Louis-based cold finished steel bar producer after a 55-year-old worker was electrocuted when he reached into an energized electrical panel box to retrieve work gloves at the companys St. Louis steel bar manufacturing facility (amm.com, May 17).
OSHA cited the company for allegedly exposing workers to live electricity, open grounding of electrical equipment, using electrical equipment in disrepair and failing to train workers who will be exposed to electrical shock on safe work practices.
St. Louis Cold Drawn, which did not return requests for comment, has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHAs area director or contest the citations and penalties before an independent review commission.
The companys St. Louis facility, which employs 90 people, has an annual production capacity of 100,000 tons. The company has a total annual production capacity of 250,000 tons at locations in the United States and Mexico, according to its website.