OSHA Fines Steel Manufacturer After Finding Two Dozen Safety Violations

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has fined Cold Drawn Inc., a St. Louis steel manufacturer, for $52,000 after finding more than two dozen safety violations.

OSHA investigated a worker’s electrocution at the St. Louis Cold Drawn plant. Cold Drawn manufactures cold-finished steel bars at plants in St. Louis, Point Pleasant, West Virginia and Opodaca, Mexico.

The Cold Drawn worker was electrocuted on May 15, 2013 when he reached into an electrical panel box to retrieve work gloves.  The gloves were stored in a box at the company’s St. Louis manufacturing facility. Of the many safety violations, 19 of them were considered serious.

One of the most serious of the violations and possibly related to the worker’s death, was that there was not an appropriate lockout system in place. This included exposing workers to live, higher level electrical lines. OSHA also claimed that the company failed to keep its equipment in good repair.

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