Plastic company fails to report worker’s hospitalization to OSHA, agency reports

Employer facing more than $42K in penalties

Posted September 2, 2016

OSHA’s Toledo Area Office reports it has cited an Ohio food plastics manufacturer for three serious and one other-than-serious safety violations. Acting on a complaint after a worker suffered the partial amputation of his left thumb, inspectors began an investigation on June 28, 2016, and found violations of OSHA's machine safety standards.

The agency determined the manufacturing maintenance employee suffered the injury on February 23, 2016, while operating a plastic blow molding press. According to the agency, the guard door was open and the employee reached for a part when the machine's mold closed on the employee's left hand. The crushing injuries led to the amputation of the end of the employee's thumb.

OSHA found the company failed to:

  • Report a hospitalization injury to OSHA within 24 hours, as required.
  • Adequately guard machine operating parts.
  • Implement machine safety procedures, known as lockout/tagout, to prevent unintentional operation during service and maintenance.
  • Train workers in lockout/tagout procedures.

The agency is proposing penalties of $42,413.

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