It’s everyone’s worst fear come to life: 2,900 pounds of steel come raining down from above. For one Ohio worker—his arm crushed beneath that load—things will never be the same. At the center of this incident was the malfunction of a second-rate lifting magnet.1
In the aftermath OSHA would step in and fine the manufacturer responsible a total of $54,600 for over thirty serious violations. “Failing to ensure equipment such as lifting magnets is working correctly puts workers at an unnecessary safety risk,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland.
The device in-question had no load rating and no protection for the toggle switch of the magnet’s control panel—both serious violations of OSHA code. This company made the choice to go with a dangerously inferior magnet and found that the price they paid was all too high.
Work place accidents don’t need to be seen as an inevitability! With the proper planning, safety measures, and equipment, there is hope that incidents such as this will become a thing of the past. While heavy manufacturing can at times be a highly hazardous industry, that’s all the more reason to bring vigilance to the identification and remediation of hazardous conditions.
Permadur Industries Inc.—located in Hillsborough, NJ—is an American manufacturer of below-the-hook lifting equipment that specializes in permanent lifting magnets. We offer both rectangular magnets and bipolar magnets—depending upon your lifting needs.
At Permadur not only is every one of our products clearly labeled with load ratings with toggle switches properly within the OSHA guidelines, we go beyond expectations because the design of the Permadur includes a feature guaranteeing—that in proper application of the magnet—the load cannot be released in the air. That means our devices will never drop a suspended load due to loss of electrical power, faulty wiring, or misoperation of the controls.
If safety is your top priority, we also offer our team of engineers to design and install our systems based on the specific needs of your company. This process ensures that you understand all the ins-and-outs of our lifting equipment before you ever “flip the switch” and that our equipment will be properly integrated into your work environment. Reach out to us to learn more.
1. U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Safety and Health Administration. “US Labor Department’s OSHA Cites Lange Grinding in Streetsboro, Ohio, for 33 Safety Violations after Worker Injured by Falling Piece of Steel.” News release, December 14, 2011. https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region5/12142011.