West Troy Tool & Machine must respond to OSHA charges or pay $250,000 in fines, following a May workplace accident where a worker suffered crushing injuries.
OSHA issued a citation for 11 serious safety violations at the plant. 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.
The citations include three violations for not following lockout/tagout standards designed to prevent workers from accidentally starting up machinery. OSHA says West Troy didn’t have the proper lockout devices and that workers failed to isolate energy sources when servicing equipment.
The other violations involve failing to have an energy control program, provide machine guards on saw blades and other dangerous equipment and safely supervise operation of hazardous machinery.
The company had until late July to either pay the fine or challenge OSHA’s findings.
Note: Make sure you have safety procedures in place for each piece of machinery in your plant. Always have a mechanism to prevent the machine from accidentally starting. Anyone working with or performing maintenance should be trained how to operate all safety features of the machinery.