Amputation at Metal Shop Brings Fine

Thursday, May 28, 2015 @ 04:05 PM gHale

Superior Roll Forming Company, Inc. is facing $70,000 in fines for one repeated safety violation after worker suffered an injury at its Valley City, OH, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators inspected the facility March 2 at the metal stamping plant after a 55-year-old worker’s left index finger ended up crushed between weld clamps.

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The injury ended up reported to OSHA under new reporting requirements which require employers to report any workplace death within eight hours and any injury requiring hospitalization, amputation or eye injury within 24 hours.

Investigators cited one repeated violation for exposing workers to operating parts of machinery by failing to install safety mechanisms. The company faced similar violations twice in 2012 and once in 2014.

“Superior Roll needs to continue making comprehensive improvements in their safety systems to correct the deficiencies that lead to these types of injuries,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland.

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