The U.S. Labor Department’s OSHA levied $2.78 million in penalties against Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp. after an employee at the company’s Tulsa, OK, plant fell into an industrial dryer and died.
The employee was clearing a jam of wet laundry on a conveyor belt that carries laundry from the washer to the dryer when he fell.
Among other problems, OSHA found 42 willful violations to the lockout procedure that cuts power to equipment before clearing jams. OSHA considered the death preventable.
In a separate case, OSHA also issued five repeat and two serious citations (with penalties of $117,500) at the Cintas plant in Columbus.