Feds: Steel mill cited for failing to protect, train workers

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Federal investigators have cited a northeast Ohio steel mill for safety violations, including that workers weren’t protected from a dangerous atmosphere caused by chemicals leaking into the ventilation system.

WEWS-TV reports (http://bit.ly/2cH9KuV ) documents released by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration say TimkenSteel also failed to train workers to detect dangerous chemicals in the work area at its Canton plant.

A security worker had been found dead in an elevator at the plant earlier this year. OSHA says nitrogen used in the plant flooded the air and caused oxygen levels to fall. Officials said his death was preventable.

A plant representative says the company is in the process of improving its facilities.

The company faces a total of six safety violations and $113,000 in total penalties.


Information from: WEWS-TV, http://www.newsnet5.com

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