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Conveyer belt injury leads to multiple safety citations

February 28, 2012
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OSHAA worker at an Ohio company was injured after his clothing became caught in a conveyer belt -- an incident which prompted an OSHA investigation and resulted in citations for 13 safety violations.

Basic Grain Products in Coldwater, Ohio was cited for  failuring to develop and ensure machine-specific energy control procedures were used to control the flow of hazardous energy when workers were cleaning the conveyor system, which left them exposed to amputation and "caught-by" hazards.

Additional citations were for failing to provide guarding around floor holes, provide adequate assessments to determine if personal protective equipment was required, provide training on lockout/tagout procedures for hazardous energy sources, guard machines and shaft ends, certify that a workplace hazard assessment was performed, provide workers with safety glasses while they were cleaning with compressed air, and use compressed air for cleaning at a pressure of less than 30 pounds per square inch.

Four other-than-serious violations involve failing to properly complete the OSHA 300 injury and illness log for the years 2008 through 2011.

Basic Grain Products faces proposed fines of $112,000.

Prior to this inspection, the company had been inspected by OSHA five times since 2001, resulting in citations for 12 serious violations related to electrical safety, machine guarding and a lack of hazard communication.

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