Plant fire follows repeated federal safety violations for Mentor company

Federal safety call violations "serious"

MENTOR, Ohio - The Mentor company operating a metal components plant that caught fire Friday has been the subject of previous federal health and safety violations.

According to records obtained from the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, federal inspectors, just ten days ago, filed 11 "serious" health and safety violations involving Metal Seal Precision, LTD. as a result of two unannounced inspections in June.

The violations included:

  • Controlling potentially hazardous energy
  • Protecting workers from machinery
  • Covers for open tanks and vats

And just last April, the company reached an informal settlement with OSHA regarding four previous violations that included "hazardous chemical training."

Additional inspection documents detail specific issues regarding the violations.

According to OSHA, training could include cancer causing chemicals and flammability.

Based on the violations, it appears unlikely any of the safety violations played a role in Friday's fire but  the cause of the blaze remains under investigation.

Meanwhile, the company faces $56,700 in potential fines based on OSHA violations.

A conference is scheduled with the company August 6th to discuss the violations.

Efforts to reach company officials for comment have been unsuccessful.

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