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  • OSHA cites Timken for safety violations

  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited the Timken Co. for a string of violation at the company’s local operations. The company faces a $170,500 fine and has 15 days to appeal the case.

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  • Timken Co. faces fines of $170,500 following a June inspection of its Gambrinus plant by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
    OSHA inspectors say they found 12 alleged safety violations, including five repeat violations. The agency — part of the U.S. Labor Department — said violations were observed during an inspection.
    Timken is working to correct the issues, the company said in a statement. “Timken remains deeply committed to ensuring the health and safety” of its employees, the statement said.
    The safety team at Gambrinus will complete additional training to identify potential safety issues and ensure action is taken.
    Timken has 15 business days to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent OSHA review commission.
    The company said its safety team is scheduled to meet with OSHA later this month to continue discussions.
    The five repeat violations are for failing to install proper safety guards, OSHA said. Timken also failed to install guardrails on elevated platforms and failed to ensure that electrical boxes with unused openings were closed, the agency said.
    The company was hit for repeat violations, OSHA said, because Timken was cited for similar violations at the Harrison steel mill in 2007 and 2011 and at the Gambrinus roller bearing plant in 2007 and 2009.
    The seven serious safety violations cover air compressors, keeping floors dry, training with fire extinguishers, emergency eye wash stations and other areas, OSHA said.
    Company officials said the Gambrinus plant has a favorable safety record. So far this year, the plant’s lost time incident rate has been less than one incident per 200,000 hours worked, the company said, while its OSHA reportable injury rate has been less than five per 200,000 hours worked.

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