Insulation manufacturer faces penalties for violation of machine safety procedure

Insulation manufacturer faces penalties for violation of machine safety procedure Photo: AKTuptsova

An auto insulation manufacturer in Ohio is facing $659,463 in proposed penalties following an OSHA investigation into an incident in which a 46-year-old worker’s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm was amputated by a machine.

The injury happened while the worker at Autoneum North America was guiding waste materials into a shredding machine. His arm was caught in the machine’s point of operation. Investigators found that the company failed to equip the machine with adequate safety guards when the incident in December 3016 occurred. The agency issued three willful and two repeated violations of machine safety procedures.

“This incident illustrates why companies must evaluate machine safety procedures to ensure they are adequate and effective in protecting workers from injuries on the job,” said Dorothy Dougherty, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health. “In addition to being the law and the right thing to do, safe workplaces are an important component in supporting and sustaining job growth in America.”

The company was cited for inadequate machine and point of operation guarding; failing to properly train workers on machine specific procedures for isolation energy sources; no “locking out” equipment to prevent unintentional energization; and exposing workers to struck-by hazards from machine components.

The company was cited for similar machine hazards in February 2016 at its Wynn Road facility in Oregon.