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OSHA Fines Nucor Steel $56K After Employee Death

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration in Little Rock has fined Nucor-Yamato Steel Inc. $56,000 after an employee died in April at the Blytheville plant.

OSHA announced the fine in a news release on Friday. It cited eight “serious” violations at the plant after the accident, in which 34-year-old Jon Bishop was killed when a sling broke and a 14,000-pound bolt struck him.

Among the citations (PDF) OSHA cited:

  • Missing the cotter pin on the shackle for the sling.
  • Exposing workers to unprotected open-sided floors at a height greater than 4 feet.
  • Not inspecting daily all functional operating mechanisms of the overhead crane.
  • Using a damaged sling for lifting activities.
  • Allowing workers to work within close proximity of suspended loads.
  • Loading a sling in excess of its recommended safe working load.

“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.”

Nucor has 15 business days to comply with the citation, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties.

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