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Ohio steel distributor facing OSHA fines

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NEW YORK — Major Metals Co. has agreed to settle charges that it failed to protect workers from amputation and fall hazards.

The U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cited the Mansfield, Ohio-based steel distributor for 10 "serious safety violations" that included failure to train workers properly on using machines safely, the agency said July 31.

"Workers were exposed to the moving and grinding parts of machinery while setting up machines," OSHA said.

Major Metals had an informal meeting with the agency July 29, resolving all allegations and agreeing to pay a $22,750 penalty, OSHA said. The company also has sent two managers to attend a general industry safety class.

Major Metals also was cited for "failure to have a guardrail on a platform adjacent to a metal pit, which exposed workers to a 10-foot fall hazard," as well as not having "specific lockout/tagout procedures and machine guarding." OSHA also claims employees were "exposed to eye injuries from welding rays because the company did not enclose the welding station with a noncombustible or flameproof screen or shield."

Other alleged violations include "failure to remove damaged forklifts from use that needed repair or service; train operators in forklift protocols and perform daily inspections."

Major Metals could not be reached for comment. The company distributes flat-rolled steel and manufactures welded-steel tubing and conveyor-roll tubing.

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