Amputation Hazards at PA Manufacturer

Tuesday, April 26, 2016 @ 05:04 PM gHale


Lynar Corp. is facing $54,000 in fines for nine serious, one willful and two other-than-serious violations at its Allentown, PA, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA opened an inspection Feb. 18 under its national emphasis program on amputations.

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Inspectors found Lynar Corp. failed to develop procedures or provide training necessary to prevent the release of hazardous energy when employees performed maintenance on machinery. The company received willful citations for the hazards.

The agency also cited the manufacturing company for failing to do the following:
• Provide powered industrial truck maintenance and operator training
• Maintain an emergency shower and eye-wash station
• Equip employees with personal protective equipment
• Ensure machine safety guards were in place
• Develop and implement a hazard communication program
• Did not ensure compressed air used for cleaning did not exceed 30 PSI

“Lynar Corporation has failed to make safety and health a priority at its facility, leaving employees vulnerable to hazards that could cause serious injury or possible death,” said Jean Kulp, director of OSHA’s Allentown Area Office. “Employers have a responsibility to provide a safe and healthy work environment for employees. OSHA will not tolerate anything less than that.”