Stamping Plant Fined for Amputation

Monday, December 7, 2015 @ 03:12 PM gHale

Ohio Gasket & Shim Company in Akron, Ohio, is facing $103,600 in fines for one willful and 12 serious safety violations after the company reported a 33-year-old worker lost three fingers when his hand ended up struck by the operating parts of a mechanical power press June 5, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators found the power press at the metal stamping company did not have the required safety guards which exposed the worker to operating parts of the machine when he switched from two hand to foot controls.

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OSHA also found the company failed to:
• Test and inspection machine safety procedures on a periodic basis
• Use locking devices and blocks to prevent unintentional operation of machines during service and maintenance
• Install presence sensing devices on power presses
• Properly supervise machine use

“This worker suffered a life-altering injury because his employer failed in its responsibility to install required safety mechanisms,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland. “Each year hundreds of workers are injured on the job because employers fail to make safety the top priority. The company must evaluate its health and safety program to ensure workers are protected on the job.”