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Region 5 News Release: 12-657-CHI
April 12, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:            312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA reaches settlement agreement with Ohio-
based Republic Steel to include additional safety measures, training at mills

CANTON, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor has reached a settlement agreement with Canton-based Republic Steel Inc. resolving citations issued by the department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration in May 2011 for violations found at the company's facility in Lorain. Republic Steel, formally known as Republic Engineered Products Inc., will pay $235,000 in fines, hire full-time health and safety managers, and improve safety training for workers at its steel mills in federal OSHA's jurisdiction. In addition to the Lorain mill, three other facilities are located in Canton and Massillon, Ohio, and Blasdell, N.Y.

"Republic Steel has agreed to make an investment in the health and safety of its workers by increasing training and accountability at its mills. Companies that put the health and safety of workers first should be recognized for their investments in human capital, our nation's most precious resource," said Greg Baxter, OSHA's acting regional administrator in Chicago. "OSHA has been committed to the health and safety of workers for 41 years."

The safety and health managers to be hired at each mill will have the authority to suspend work until a safety or health issue has been abated without having to refer the matter to the mill's manager or other supervisors. Each safety and health manager will make a bimonthly, random safety inspection of the mill, as well as a quarterly inspection at another one of the company's