OSHA fines Norwalk company for safety violations

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited a Norwalk business for multiple safety violations, the second such incident at a local business in recent weeks.
Sandusky Register Staff
Sep 3, 2013


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.



To those who would argue for smaller government, fewer regulations, less governmental oversight and/or abolishment of worker's unions.... all of the above would result in a less safe workplace for all of us.


Re: "To those who,"

It doesn't appear that the highly compensated publicly financed bureaucrats of OSHA prevented the accidents does it?

And too much bureaucratic centralized control is ALREADY seriously stifling entrepreneurship and small business creation leading to fewer jobs.

Lawsuits can lead to changes and improvements, ya don't need all the highly compensated publicly financed bureaucrats Comrade.


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I put an edition on my plant in 2009, I needed pallet racking, I won an auction for used racking. While negotiating the shipping I was dealing with the owner of the company I bought it from. I asked why he was closing his family furniture manufacturing company after over one hundred years of operation. I was told that he was not closing it but only moved his manufacturing over to China. I asked why and what about his 150 employees, he said that there are now so many regulations, restrictions and inspections, it is difficult to comply without accidently breaking a rule. There is also a shortage of skilled laborers to manufacture the furniture and your average American will not pay for the quality that they manufacture anymore!

This was my conversation was with J. Leak of Leak Furniture in 2009, kind of funny how they pitch that they are celebrating 100 years in business. http://www.leickfurnituresince19...


Re: "moved his manufacturing over to China,"

And if you were the owner/operator, you would have done what?

2cents's picture

"done what" I am not sure! He had other comments when I asked about his people, he said "they will find other jobs" I said "if we manufacturers keep outsourcing our work, there will be nobody working here in the US to purchase our goods" He said "that's ok, I will be retired by then" The comment was kind of sad : (


As a percentage of GDP, mfging has not changed that much for decades.

As you're aware, the processes have changed and fewer workers are needed, but with higher skill sets.

The U.S. remains the #3 exporter in the world.

Also, we've been exporting our deflation overseas for decades, that won't last forever.

Bernanke is fighting a deflationary battle, hence QE and ZIRP.

The housing mkt. crash was a foretaste of a deflationary cycle.

2cents's picture

I do understand the manufacturing capability. The one thing I see so often is the reduction in choice! Take the furniture that was mostly hand made with jigs and cutting tooling of course, to automate the variety one time available would be cost prohibitive, this is why there is less choice in the marketplace today. I like choice and will pay more for a unique item, I have turned to EBay and other auction houses to buy things that were better built, take the air compressor that operates this place, built in 1938, very rugged and parts are still available from IR.

The Big Dog's back

You're so full of it your eyes are brown no cents.

2cents's picture

Please go back to another thread : )