Unguarded Machine Leads to Finger Injury

Friday, May 27, 2016 @ 04:05 PM gHale


The Timken Company in Bucyrus, Ohio is facing $70,000 in fines for one repeated safety violation, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators from the Toledo office opened an inspection after the company reported a 42-year-old worker suffered an injury when he was troubleshooting equipment. The Timken Company is a bearing and power transmission manufacturer.

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Investigators found the March 15 injury occurred as the employee reached for a part on a conveyor and his finger ended up pinched as an unguarded moving part lowered. The employee sustained abrasion injuries and subsequently the amputation to the end of the left ring finger. Investigators determined the moving part did not have a protective guard.

OSHA has cited Timken twice in the previous five years for machine-guarding violations. The company employees 285 workers at the Bucyrus site which makes bearings for a variety of industries.

“The Timken Company’s repeated failure to protect workers from operating machine parts by installing guards is unacceptable,” said Kim Nelson, OSHA’s area director in Toledo. “Last year, 759 Ohio workers suffered preventable amputation injuries.”