OSHA has cited ATW Automation in connection with a worker’s fatal blunt force trauma injuries at the company’s facility in Dayton, Ohio.
The worker was caught and pinned by a conveyor that had lowered during a power-down process. He died from his injuries about a week later.
ATW faces $63,000 in OSHA fines for nine violations for failure to:
- conduct and document periodic inspections of specific energy control procedures in the fabrication and tool room departments (repeat)
- guard the area around the roller lift conveyor to prevent workers from being exposed to moving parts (serious)
- train employees on personal protective measures when working around electrical equipment (serious)
- ensure workers wear proper safety glasses (serious)
- provide appropriate personal protective equipment for workers using a metal grinding wheel (serious)
- implement an effective lockout/tagout program for machines’ energy sources and to notify affected workers about power-down conditions (serious)
- develop specific energy control procedures for equipment (serious)
- train workers on the proper procedures to isolate and lock out all energy sources for machines in the fabrication and tool room departments (serious), and
- conduct semiannual testing of insulated rubber gloves that are used for work with energized electrical equipment (less-than-serious).
The company has 15 business days to decide whether to contest the fines.