TimkenSteel cited by OSHA after employee death

CANTON - The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited TimkenSteel with two repeated and four serious violations on Wednesday, September 7.

Officials responded to a report that a worker was found dead in an elevator control room while performing monthly fire extinguisher checks on March 20, according to a release out Thursday. 

Investigators say the death was a result of a nitrogen leak that created an oxygen deficient atmosphere.

The company may face more than $100,000 in penalties.

As a result of a complaint alleging additional safety concerns, OSHA opened an investigation March 18.

According to officials, TimkenSteel was cited with the following:

  • Failure to protect workers from potentially hazardous atmospheres created by the introduction of nitrogen into the ventilation system
  • Failure to train workers using pneumatic tools powered by nitrogen on the hazards, effects and how to detect nitrogen leakage.
  • Exposing workers to fall hazards of up to 20 feet while performing maintenance in the rolling mill.
  • Failing to install guardrails on walkways.

Since the incident, OSHA officials report that the steel mill is making strides to eliminate safety discrepancies and improve work conditions. 


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