OSHA Fines Cives Steel $132,000
The federal government's safety agency recently fined Maine-based Cives Steel after representatives discovered a number of violations at its facility.
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined the steel fabricator $132,000 following a January inspection. During the investigation, OSHA found that workers had not been given personal protective equipment to prevent electrical shock, and that the company had failed to label machines properly, had not given leg protection to workers using chain saws and many other issues.
The local OSHA leadership said that the firm had failed to take necessary actions to make sure employees were not exposed to danger.
"The sizable fines proposed in this case reflect the severity and recurring nature of a number of these hazards," said William Coffin, OSHA's area director for Maine. "For the safety of its workers, this employer must take effective and expeditious action to eliminate these conditions and prevent their recurrence."
Other steel businesses have faced major penalties from OSHA in recent months. JSW Steel was fined $469,000 after a March inspection revealed a number of hazards.
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