Safety Fines for Airgun Maker

Wednesday, October 17, 2012 @ 08:10 PM gHale

Bloomfield, NY-based Crosman Corp. is facing fines of $148,000 stemming from 23 serious and repeat violations of workplace safety after an employee’s finger ended up sliced off by a machine in March, according to a report from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Crosman makes airguns, rifle scopes, sights and archery products.

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OSHA inspectors found Crosman did not use procedures to prevent a mechanical press from turning on while the worker was setting it up, which resulted in the amputation.

“This incident could and should have been prevented by simply locking out the machine’s power source,” said OSHA’s area director in Syracuse, Chris Adams.

OSHA officials declined to name the injured employee and Laura Evans, Crosman’s marketing coordinator, said the company would have no comment.

The citations include 21 serious violations involving numerous machine and electrical hazards, in addition to missing guardrails on elevated areas, damaged and unstable metal storage racks, a build up of combustible residue, and a lack of eye flushing facilities for employees working with corrosives, according to OSHA documents. The serious violations carry $98,000 in total proposed penalties.

OSHA also issued citations with $50,000 in proposed penalties for two repeat violations: Letting lead to accumulate on surfaces, and failing to develop written procedures to make sure machines don’t power up while employees are setting them up. Similar violations occurred in June 2010.

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