A new employee working on a machine that forged parts lost a fingertip in a November, 2014 accident that could have been prevented, according to OSHA, if his company had trained him properly to operate the upsetter machine and if the machine had proper safety mechanisms.
An inspection at Wodin, Inc. of Bedford Heights, Ohio following the incident resulted in 23 serious safety violations and has proposed penalties of $80,500.
The 28-year-old worker, who suffered the loss of the tip of his left ring finger, was unable to work for two weeks after the injury.
OSHA determined that the iron and steel forging company failed to follow basic safety precautions
Each year, more than 200,000 American workers suffer cuts, lacerations and amputations from operating parts of dangerous machinery. Investigators often find various upsetters, power press brakes and forging machines used in the plant lack adequatesafety mechanisms. Machine hazards continue to be among the most frequently cited by OSHA.
Wodin also failed to train workers in the use of energy control procedures, such as powering off and affixing locking devices, to prevent unintentional operation of the machinery exposing workers to dangerous amputation hazards. Additionally, Wodin failed to provide adequate hand tools when forging hot parts, inspect cranes and guard floor hole openings to prevent trips and falls. Inspectors also noted that damaged powered industrial trucks were not removed from service. The company also failed to train workers on hazardous chemicals and properly label chemical containers.