Failure to Protect Workers Results in $176,250 Fine

OSHA says that failure to safely de-energize machinery during set-up operations may have contributed to an accidental amputation at Ohio Valley Manufacturing in Mansfield, Ohio.

Failure to safely de-energize machinery during set-up operations may have contributed to an accidental amputation in October at Ohio Valley Manufacturing in Mansfield, Ohio, according to citations issued to the company by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA proposed a total fine of $176,250 for a variety of workplace safety hazards at the metal stamping plant, as a result of an inspection the agency opened on Oct. 9, 2001 following the accident. OSHA cited the automotive supplier for willful violations of worker safety and health regulations covering lockout and de-energizing machinery during set-up operations, failing to train workers in those procedures and for machine-guard failures. OSHA also issued serious citations involving fire exit issues, safety problems with gas cylinders, protective eye equipment, forklift operations and power press operations.

The company has 15 working days from receipt of the citations to contest OSHA's action before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission, to request an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or accept the citations and penalties.

edited by Sandy Smith ([email protected])

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