Worker Crushed at NJ Machine Shop

Monday, December 1, 2014 @ 03:12 PM gHale

After entering a die cutting machine to do maintenance, a 26-year worker at Accurate Box Co. Inc. in Paterson, NJ, ended up crushed when the die cutter activated by another employee unaware the victim was inside.

A subsequent investigation into the incident, which caused severe internal injuries to the worker, started up in May by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

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The investigation found Accurate Box failed to prevent inadvertent machine startup and similar incidents because it had not implemented an effective lockout/tagout program. The manufacturer of corrugated cardboard boxes is now facing $41,580 in fines for machine guarding hazards and lockout/tagout deficiencies at its Paterson manufacturing plant, OSHA said.

This is the third time since 2010 the company ended up cited by OSHA.

“This case clearly highlights why lockout/tagout and machine guarding measures are essential, especially in preventing amputation and crushing injuries,” said Lisa Levy, director of OSHA’s Hasbrouck Heights Area Office. “If OSHA’s safety standards for machinery were implemented, this incident would not have occurred.”

OSHA found the company did not provide machine guarding to protect the machine operator, and it cited the employer for one repeat violation, carrying a $13,860 penalty. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously received a citation for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years.

Additionally, the firm received four serious violations related to lockout/tagout deficiencies. These violations carry a $27,720 penalty. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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