Amputation Risk at Manufacturer

Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 05:10 PM gHale


Napoleon Spring Works Inc., a manufacturer of garage door hardware, is facing $147,600 in fines for 16 safety violations, including exposing workers to amputation hazards at its Archbold, OH, plant, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

“Our inspection found that employees were exposed to injury and amputation risk in this facility because of insufficient guarding at the point of operation of various machines,” said OSHA Area Director Kim Nelson in Toledo. “Amputation hazards are one of the leading causes of injury in manufacturing. Napoleon Spring Works must be aware of workplace hazards and take all precautions to protect its workers.”

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Napoleon Spring Works Inc. employs 105 workers at its headquarters in Archbold and 160 at facilities in Paterson, NJ, and Phoenix. It is a subsidiary of Lynx Industries, based in Canada.

Prompted by complaints of multiple safety hazards, OSHA’s April inspection expanded under OSHA’s national emphasis program on amputations and local emphasis program for powered industrial vehicles.

One willful violation was for failing to guard two of the company’s mechanical power presses. A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.

Fifteen serious violations include failing to periodically inspect energy control procedures; provide sufficient energy control procedures; train workers in lockout/tagout procedures to control unexpected equipment energization; guard mechanical power presses and riveters; conduct periodic inspections of presses; and train workers on the safe operation of presses.

Additional violations involve failing to train and evaluate the safe operation of powered industrial trucks and ensure truck examinations prior to shift use; establish safe clearance around electrical boxes; lockout circuits during maintenance to prevent exposure to live electricity; and maintain written deenergizing procedures. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.



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