OSHA fines Nucor-Yamato Steel after employee death

OSHA fines Nucor-Yamato Steel after employee death

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued citations to Nucor-Yamato Steel Inc. in Blytheville for eight “serious” violations.

According to a press release from OSHA, the citations come after an employee died when a sling broke and a 14,000-pound bolt struck him.

The April 18, 2016 investigation showed these violations with lifting operations:

  • style="margin: 5pt 0in 3pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; background: white;">        Missing the cotter pin on the shackle for the sling.
  • style="margin: 5pt 0in 3pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; background: white;">      Exposing workers to unprotected open-sided floors at a height greater than 4 feet.
  • style="margin: 5pt 0in 3pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; background: white;">        Not inspecting daily all functional operating mechanisms of the overhead crane.
  • style="margin: 5pt 0in 3pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; background: white;">       Using a damaged sling for lifting activities.
  • style="margin: 5pt 0in 3pt 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; background: white;">        Allowing workers to work within close proximity of suspended loads.
  • style="margin-left: 0.5in; text-indent: -0.25in; background: white;">       Loading a sling more than its recommended safe working load.  

The factory must pay $56,000 in fines.

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - "Nucor-Yamato Steel used damaged slings in their daily operations," said Carlos Reynolds, OSHA's area director in Little Rock. "Inspecting slings properly and not overloading them can make the difference between keeping workers safe and costing a man his life."

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