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Fines for Ohio Plant After Unsafe Equipment Causes Texas Amputation

September 9th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

equipment, Chicago workers' compensation attorneyNo amount of financial compensation can bring back the death of a loved one or fix an irreparable injury. When a serious injury or fatality is the fault of an employer due to improper training or an unsafe working environment, the frustration and agony felt by the employee or the family can be compounded exponentially. While workers’ compensation may take care of the medical bills, there is often a feeling of contempt for the company and people that let a serious accident happen. Whether the injury was a result of employer carelessness or the more sinister corner cutting to protect company profits, retribution is often necessary. Such retribution can actually create a safer work environment for that company’s employees into the future. This may be the case in a recent incident in which a Texas employee lost his hand due to a jam in a piece of machinery. If you have suffered an injury, contact a Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today.

A Johns Manville employee lost his hand in a Texas manufacturing facility due to unsafe equipment and a clear lack of safety measures outlined by his employer. Half of all workplace amputations occur in the manufacturing sector, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The company produces roofing and insulation products, and while performing his job, the employee’s hand became severed off while he attempted to clear the machine of a jam. Johns Manville was issued a proposed total of $49,600 in fines by OSHA. The company was cited for the lack of machine guards on a conveyor belt, which would have protected the employee from hazards. As well, they were cited for having an unguarded, protruding shaft to stick out over one and a half times its diameter. A Johns Manville plant here in Ohio was cited for the same violations. Additionally, three serious violations were issued, according to the OSHA report:

  • The energy control procedures did not clearly and specifically outline the steps for shutting down, isolating, and blocking and securing machines to control hazardous energy;
  • Regarding lockout for energy control, the periodic inspection did not include a review, between the inspection and the authorized employee, of that employee’s responsibilities under the energy control procedure being inspected; and
  • Authorized employees did not receive training in the recognition of acceptable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation.

According to OSHA’s Fort Worth area director, “Johns Manville’s flawed procedures to control hazardous energy sources and a lack of machine guards ultimately led to an amputation. The company should have evaluated its lockout/tagout program and provided proper machine guarding. It is simply unacceptable that a 34-year-old father of four young children suffered a gruesome injury, and has had life forever changed by an incident that was preventable.”

If you have been injured on the job, contact an experienced Chicago workers’ compensation attorney today with the Law Offices of Francis J. Discipio at 630-574-2288. We do not charge anything for consultations, and will inform you on what your best options are to receive the workers’ compensation that you deserve.

 

Source:

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/machineguarding/scope.html

https://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/JohnsManville_1125065.pdf

Written by Staff Writer

September 9th, 2016 at 12:39 pm

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