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OSHA fines Norwalk company for safety violations

Sandusky Register Staff • Sep 3, 2013 at 8:33 AM

American Excelsior was cited for 12 serious safety violations and fined $65,000, following incidents in which two workers were injured, according to a release from OSHA.

The Cleveland Road company was fined for lack of personal protective equipment for the hands; not having guard and stair railings; failing to use energy control procedures and failing to train workers in lockout procedures. The release also said the company didn’t have machine guards on various pieces of equipment.

On April 24, an employee at the plant suffered hand injuries from the rotating saw blade of a Craftsman table saw, which did not have safety guards on it, according to OSHA records. The saw is used to cut foam parts.

Another employee suffered a broken arm after it got caught in machinery, OSHA spokesman Scott Allen said. Further information on that incident was not available.

American Excelsior said the company holds the safety and well-being of employees in utmost regard.

“We are cooperating fully with OSHA as it relates to the incidents at our Norwalk, Ohio, facility,” said Julie Schatz, risk manager for American Excelsior Co.

Schatz declined to answer question about the circumstances of the events. She also declined to discuss the status of the employees.

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