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