Erosion Blanket Maker Faces Safety Fines

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 @ 04:10 PM gHale

Norwalk, OH-based American Excelsior Company is facing $213,411 in safety fines for machine guarding hazards after an employee required hospitalization when he suffered a crushed arm, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Investigators determined the employee sustained injuries when the machine began operating while he removed product build-up.

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OSHA cited the company, which manufactures biodegradable erosion control blankets, for failing to develop or implement energy control procedures to prevent unintentional machine start-up during maintenance, and train employees in energy control procedures.

American Excelsior Company received citations for similar violations at its Rice Lake, Wisconsin, plant in 2017.

OSHA also placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

“This employer failed to implement safety procedures to prevent known hazards,” said OSHA Toledo Area Office Director Kimberly Nelson. “This injury could have been avoided if machine locking devices had been installed.”



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