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NY: Crosman Corp fined $148K by OSHA; Lock Out / Tag Out AND Written Electrical Program

October 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Bloomfield, NY: An Ontario County manufacturer is facing proposed fines of $148,000 stemming from inspections conducted after an employee’s finger was allegedly cut off by a machine in March.

Crosman Corp., located in Bloomfield, makes airguns, rifle scopes, sights and archery products.  The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Crosman for 23 alleged serious and repeat violations of workplace safety.  OSHA inspectors found that procedures were not used to prevent a mechanical press from turning on while the worker was setting it up, which resulted in the amputation.

“This incident could and should have been prevented by simply locking out and tagging out the machine’s power source,” OSHA’s area director in Syracuse, Chris Adams, said in an emailed statement.

OSHA officials declined to name the employee who was injured. Laura Evans, Crosman’s marketing coordinator, said the company would have no comment.

The citations include 21 serious violations involving numerous machine and electrical hazards, in addition to missing guardrails on elevated areas, damaged and unstable metal storage racks, a build up of combustible residue, and a lack of eye flushing facilities for employees working with corrosives, according to OSHA documents. The serious violations carry $98,000 in total proposed penalties.

OSHA also issued citations with $50,000 in proposed penalties for two repeat violations: Letting lead to accumulate on surfaces, and failing to develop written electrical safety program to make sure machines don’t power up while employees are setting them up. Similar violations were cited in June 2010.

Crosman officials have 15 business days to pay the fines or notify OSHA that they plan to contest the findings.

Story via democratandchronical.com

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