Personal Injury

Ohio manufacturer fined for safety violations following worker’s partial finger amputation

OSHA logo2 435x257 Ohio manufacturer fined for safety violations following workers partial finger amputationDyson Corp., a domestic fasteners and forgings manufacturer located in Painesville, Ohio, was cited for several serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after a 23-year-old machine operator suffered a partial finger amputation earlier this year. The laborer had only been on the job three weeks with the equipment when the incident occurred.

Following OSHA’s post-incident inspection, Dyson Corp. was cited for a total of eight violations – two willful, three repeated and three serious alleged safety violations – and fined $170,170. Some of the alleged OSHA violations include failure to properly train workers on safety procedures, as well as failure to install machine guards on belts, pulleys and presses. According to a recent news release, the company has been cited for some of the violations in past inspections.

“This preventable mishap has personal and professional consequences for a 23-year-old. OSHA had inspected the Dyson facility seven times since 2006 and repeatedly cited the company for machine safety procedure violations,” said Howard Eberts, OSHA’s area director in Cleveland, in the news release. “Since this incident occurred the company has reached out to OSHA and is working to make significant changes in their safety and health management system.”

James Higgins, CEO and President of Dyson Corp., announced OSHA is “fully aware” of the company’s latest efforts to improve its safety procedures. Higgins also said the company plans to work with OSHA to protect its workers from future issues by employing a new safety philosophy, offering more than 600 hours of safety training for Dyson workers, as well as monthly safety meetings.

“Dyson has moved its culture forward quite considerably,” Higgins said.

Dyson Corp. has now been placed in OSHA’s “Severe Violator Enforcement Program” due to the high number of repeated violations committed by the manufacturer. Dyson has been manufacturing large-diameter fastening systems used in several industries, including the U.S. Navy, since 1884.

Sources:
Crain’s Cleveland Business
Norwalk Reflector