Behr Iron and Steel was fined for five willful and nine serious violations after an OSHA inspection. OSHA found workers exposed to fall, confined space and amputation hazards during maintenance and scrap metal processing at two of their Illinois facilities. The proposed penalties totaled $366,400.
Behr Iron and Steel continually failed to protect their employees from exposed hazards despite previous and repeated safety violations. Upon OSHA’s investigation, it was determined that the company’s safety training was deemed inefficient. Employees were exposed to serious amputation hazards while operating metal shredding equipment.
Violations for Behr Iron and Steel included operating parts of machinery during maintenance, failure to use energy control procedures, failure to complete a confined space entry permit, failure to train employees to use rescue equipment properly.