Employees at OH Aluminum Plant Exposed to Chemical Hazards

Canton, OH – OSHA has cited Ohio Gratings Inc. – a manufacturer of aluminum, stainless steel, and carbon products based in Canton, Ohio – for exposing employees to respiratory, chemical, and other hazards.

OSHA cited the company for 17 serious and five other-than-serious safety and health violations and faces penalties of $183,748.

OSHA initiated a December 2018 inspection after receiving a formal complaint alleging poor ventilation, and lack of training on chemicals used at the facility.

OSHA inspectors determined that the company operated a dip tank containing flammable liquid without using proper drainage, overflow piping, adequate ventilation, and fire protection.

Violations included:

  • Failure to ensure employees used personal protective equipment;
  • Inadequate machine guarding;
  • Record-keeping deficiencies;
  • Struck-by hazards; and
  • Exposing workers to flammable liquids.

The company has contested the citations and penalties the findings, and it will now go before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

OSHA offers compliance assistance resources on controlling exposure to chemical hazards and toxic substances.