Location of welder’s death has previous OSHA violations

Cohen Recycling Center, West Carrollton, Ohio (WDTN Photo/Micah Riffle)

WEST CARROLLTON, Ohio (WDTN) -The location where a welder was killed Thursday has been cited by The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) before.

According to OSHA’s preliminary review, Geoffrey Garnett, 33, died after being electrocuted at Cohen Recycling Center in West Carrollton. Cohen has no record of violations, but OSHA leaders told 2 NEWS Investigates the site is owned by Metal Shredders Inc.

2 NEWS Investigates found that company is owned by Cohen and was cited for a serious violation of “wiring design and protection.” That deals with electrical equipment.

OSHA also found another violation of “guarding floor and wall openings and holes.” According to records, OSHA inspected the facility after a complaint was filed in the summer of 2013. Metal Shredders Inc., was charged a penalty of $7,650 but settled with them for $2,600.

An autopsy of Garnett is being conducted by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office.

OSHA said preliminary evidence suggests over 1,000 volts of high energy power were involved in the accident. Their official investigation could take months. At that time, they will determine if the company will be fined.

Garnett was from Sommerville and worked as a welder for Cohen.

The company release the following statement Thursday evening:

First and foremost we are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of a Cohen employee. We consider all of our employees part of the Cohen family. We are committed to gathering all of the facts surrounding today’s tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is suffering this loss with us.

The phone number attached to Metal Shredders and Cohen is the same. 2 NEWS Investigates called it asking for comment about the OSHA violations. We have not heard back.


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