Region 1 News Release: BOS 2002-031
Feb. 28, 2002
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
Failure to Properly Guard Machine Injures Worker,
Results in OSHA Citations Against Chicopee Company
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Facemate Corporation, a Chicopee, Mass., textile manufacturer, faces $74,625 in fines following a Sept. 10 accident in which a machine operator sustained crushed fingers when his hand was pulled into an inadequately guarded machine at the company's West Main St. plant.
"The machine that injured this operator and many other machines in this workplace lacked adequate safeguards against employees coming in contact with their moving parts," said Ronald E. Morin, central and western Massachusetts area director for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. "Machine guarding hazards accounted for ten out of 40 alleged serious citations."
OSHA also cited Facemate Corporation for 11 alleged other-than-serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.
Other alleged serious citations included fall hazards from unguarded or inadequately guarded floor holes; unsafe window openings; open-sided work platforms and the use of defective or misused ladders and unsecured mobile stairways. Electrical hazards involved exposed live electrical parts, ungrounded electrical equipment and outlets and the use of extension cords in place of fixed wiring. Other alleged serious hazards included defective forklift trucks; unsanitary eyewash facilities; inadequately inspected fire extinguishers; and uninsulated steam pipes.
The other-than-serious citations addressed lack of regular inspections for hoses and fire extinguishers; and unlabeled equipment, chemicals and containers.
OSHA defines a serious violation is one in which there is a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result, and the employer knew, or should have known, of the hazard. An other-than-serious violation is a condition which would probably not cause death or serious physical harm but would have a direct and immediate relationship to the safety and health of employees.
Facemate Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to either elect to comply with them, to request and participate in an informal conference with the OSHA area director, or to contest them before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Springfield, Mass., area office. The telephone number is 413-785-0123.
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