Amputated Finger Brings Safety Fines

Monday, August 24, 2015 @ 05:08 PM gHale

A 23-year-old machine operator making nuts and bolts suffered a partial amputation of his right middle finger after catching it in a machine at a Painesville, OH, manufacturer.

The worker had only three weeks’ experience with the equipment when the injury occurred and after an investigation the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) inspectors found the man’s employer, The Dyson Corp., failed to follow safety practices.

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OSHA cited the company for two willful, three repeated and three serious safety violations with fines totaling $170,170.

The agency has also placed Dyson in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program following the inspection of the Feb. 24 injury. The agency cited the company for similar hazards in May 2013 at the same facility.

“This preventable mishap has personal and professional consequences for a 23-year-old. OSHA had inspected the Dyson facility seven times since 2006 and repeatedly cited the company for machine safety procedure violations,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Since this incident occurred the company has reached out to OSHA and is working to make significant changes in their safety and health management system.”

OSHA inspectors found the company also failed to train workers on safety procedures, or to install machine guards on belts, pulleys and presses.

Dyson supplies parts for the U.S. Navy and manufactures large-diameter fastening systems used in the wind power, transportation, mining, nuclear power, oil and gas industries. The company began operation in 1884.