CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (Jan. 31, 2012)—The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited rubber mixer Polymerics Inc. with four safety violations after a worker's hand was amputated in a workplace accident.
OSHA—which has proposed fines totaling $74,900—said it inspected the Cuyahoga Falls-based company Aug. 16, 2011, following the July 27 incident when a malfunctioning safety pin on the hydraulic shear machine resulted in the employee's injury. OSHA said its citations included a willful violation for failing to ensure the rubber-cutting shear was kept in good working order.
A willful violation is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or plain indifference to employee safety and health, OSHA said.
Polymerics was issued a repeat violation for failing to conduct an annual review of lockout/tagout procedures to control hazardous energy. OSHA also issues two serious violations concerning training of workers involving chemicals and machine lockout/tagout procedures.
Polymerics—which has been inspected six times since 1983 at it facilities in Cuyahoga Falls and Kent, Ohio—has 15 business days to comply with the citations or contest them.