Training: Injured Second Day on Job

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 12:04 PM gHale

On his second day on the job this past November, a 28-year-old man working on a machine to forge parts lost a fingertip in an accident.

Investigators said the incident could have been prevented if his employer had trained the man to properly operate the upsetter machine and the machine had proper safety mechanisms. The man was unable to work for two weeks after the injury said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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The OSHA inspection found Wodin Inc., a Bedford Heights, OH, iron and steel forging company, failed to train the worker in how to safely operate the machine, which also lacked adequate safety mechanisms. As a result of its investigation of the Nov. 5 incident in which the man suffered the loss of the tip of his left ring finger, the agency cited 23 serious safety violations and has proposed penalties of $80,500.

“Allowing a worker to operate dangerous machinery without providing training is unacceptable. Wodin failed to follow basic safety precautions and train workers in safe operation of dangerous industrial machinery,” said Brigitte Frank, OSHA’s acting area director in Cleveland.

Wodin also failed to train workers in the use of energy control procedures, such as powering off and affixing locking devices, to prevent unintentional operation of the machinery exposing workers to dangerous amputation hazards. The agency determined Wodin also failed to provide adequate hand tools when forging hot parts, inspect cranes and guard floor hole openings to prevent trips and falls. Inspectors also noted damaged powered industrial trucks did not end up removed from service. The company also failed to train workers on hazardous chemicals and properly label chemical containers.

In total, 23 serious citations ended up issued. An OSHA violation is serious if death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard an employer knew or should have known exists.

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