A company in Barboursville, WV, faces $56,250 in OSHA fines following a fatality at the plant earlier this year.
While working, an employee was pulled into and lodged in a large lathe. Emergency personnel pronounced him dead when they arrived. The worker died of severe trauma to his upper torso.
OSHA determined the lathe didn’t have proper machine guards.
In all, OSHA issued 23 alleged serious safety and health violations against the company, including:
- blocked or locked exit routes
- lack of proper fire protection equipment and training
- inadequate forklift truck training
- improper storage of compressed gas cylinders, and
- lack of protective gear for skin exposure to hexavalent chromium.
The company has 15 days to decide whether to pay the fines or contest them.