OH Pallet Maker Fined after Amputation

Monday, September 17, 2018 @ 05:09 PM gHale

Pallet manufacturer Buckeye Diamond Logistics Inc., which operates as BDL Supply, is facing $191,794 in fines for two repeated and four serious violations, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

OSHA investigators initiated the citations because of lockout/tagout hazards after an employee suffered an amputation at the Columbus, OH-based company.

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The employee suffered a finger amputation while working with an energized pallet stack machine.

OSHA investigators determined that the company failed to develop lockout/tag out procedures, install machine guards, and train employees on procedures to prevent machines from starting during service and maintenance; and exposed employees to electrical hazards.

OSHA cited the company for similar violations at its Lima and South Charleston, Ohio, facilities in 2016.

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