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.