Sims Lohman issued repeat citations, faces $203K in fines for machine safety violations

CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati stone manufacturer was cited again for exposing workers to amputation hazards when it failed to ensure machine safety procedures were followed and machine guards were in place, as required by law.

An investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration determined Sims Lohman Inc. did not use lockout/tagout procedures to prevent workers – who cut granite and other stones for area buildings and homes – from coming in contact with operating machine parts. The company also operated machinery with missing or inadequate guarding and improperly stored flammable liquids. OSHA proposed penalties of $203,826 for three repeat safety violations. Sims Lohman was cited for similar violations in February 2020.  

“Sims Lohman failed to meet its obligation to develop machine safety programs and train workers on how to control hazardous energy to prevent serious injuries,” said OSHA Area Director Ken Montgomery in Cincinnati. “Lack of adequate machine guarding remains one of OSHA’s most frequently cited hazards. Employers have a responsibility to continually review and update their procedures to ensure workers are protected on the job.”

Based in Cincinnati, Sims Lohman operates six manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Indiana and Tennessee.

The company has 15 business days from receipt of its 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.

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