Worker crushed to death in machine; no LO/TO
An OSHA investigation begun after a worker was crushed to death in a coating machine while attempting to clear a jam has resulted in numerous citations against a New Jersey company.
American Biltrite Inc. was cited for one repeat and nine serious safety and health violations at its Moorestown facility. OSHA found that in the case of the worker fatality, the company failed to use energy control, or "lockout/tagout," procedures prior to allowing the employee to enter the machine's danger area.
The serious violations include failing to provide a lockout/tagout program for the energy sources of equipment, provide appropriate working space around electrical equipment, provide an eyewash station, ensure that proper equipment guards were in place to prevent workers from coming into contact with moving parts, ensure the proper use of flexible cords, take adequate precautions to prevent the ignition of flammable vapors and require employees to wear goggles when handling corrosive chemicals.
The repeat violation is permitting Class I flammable liquids to be dispensed into containers without the nozzle and the container being electrically connected, which creates the potential for ignition. The company was cited for the same violation in 2010.
"This company continues to compromise the safety of its workers by disregarding OSHA's safety and health standards," said Paula Dixon-Roderick, director of OSHA's Marlton Area Office.
Wellesley Hills, Mass.-based American Biltrite Inc. manufactures and distributes commercial flooring and performance sheet rubber throughout America, and employs 130 workers at the Moorestown site. Proposed penalties total $51,300.