Finger amputation leads to 21 citations against Mo. company
Machine not isolated from energy source
Piramal Glass USA Inc. has been cited by OSHA for 21 safety and health violations after a worker suffered a finger amputation while repairing a machine at the Park Hills manufacturing plant on March 14. Prior to maintenance, the machine was not isolated from its energy source. Proposed penalties total $137,400.
One repeat violation, which was previously cited in October 2010, involves improperly mounting metallic receptacle boxes to a firm surface.
Thirteen of the serious violations were safety-related, including lack of e-stop devices on lathes, grinding, drilling and milling machines; failing to equip a lathe with a foot-operated guarding device; and unguarded floor holes and missing railings. Several additional safety violations relate to OSHA's lockout/tagout standards, such as failing to complete periodic audits, secure lockout/tagout devices with duct tape, follow adequate procedures and provide production workers with lockout devices and training on isolating energy sources to a bottle-making machine.
Five serious health violations involve failing to develop and implement a noise monitoring program; exposing workers to noise exposure levels above the time-weighted average; failing to ensure the use of hearing protection; lack of personal protective equipment and barrier guards to protect workers from excessive heat exposure; and failing to maintain clean and dry floors in work rooms.
Additionally, two other-than-serious violations include failing to identify machinery on periodic audit records and inspect fire extinguishers.
Piramal Glass, headquartered in Park Hills, also operates facilities in Mays Landing and Williamstown, N.J., as well as in India and Sri Lanka.