EASTLAKE, OH — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has cited Conn-Selmer Inc. for exposing workers to copper dust and machine hazards at the company’s Eastlake, Ohio, musical instrument manufacturing facility. The company faces penalties of $200,230 for two repeated and seven serious safety and health violations.
OSHA inspectors determined that the company exposed workers to copper dust in excess of the recommended permissible exposure levels; failed to provide machine guarding, adequate controls to minimize exposure, and safety procedures to prevent employees from coming into contact with operating parts; and neglected to follow requirements for respiratory protection, electrical safety, and labeling hazardous chemicals.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to help ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance.