OSHA Fingers Ohio Auto Parts Company for Repeat Violation of Machine Hazard Rules

Maybe in some future presidential campaign the issue of workers’ safety on the job will take its rightful place among the pressing concerns of the day. There’s simply no excuse for companies not observing fundamental safety rules.

Latest case in point: today’s announcement from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration citing an Ohio auto parts manufacturer from failing to protects its workers from machine hazards.

OSHA said it has imposed penalties of $536,249 to Milark Industries Inc. for three willful egregious, one willful, and three serious violations of safety standards stemming from multiple investigations of injuries as well as complaints received alleging unsafe working conditions. The agency has placed Milark in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

The absence of adequate machine safe guards led to an amputation and other machine-related injuries at a Mansfield manufacturer of parts used by automobile, motorcycle and appliance brands, OSHA said. One of these injuries involved a 22-year-old temporary employee who suffered the partial amputation of two fingers on his left hand on his first day of work.

OSHA’s May and June investigations cite the company for hazards at both its Baird Parkway and Rupp Road facilities in Mansfield. OSHA found the company:

  • Failed to lock-out robotic welding cells and tube bender.
  • Bypassed safety interlocks in order to maintain the production rate.
  • Bypassed safety devices while conducting maintenance activities.
  • Failed to train workers in procedures to prevent unintentional machinery operationduring service and maintenance, a process known as lockout/tagout.
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