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August 2, 2016


OSHA finds lack of adequate machine guarding after worker
has three fingers crushed at Chicago steel drum manufacturer

Employer name: Meyer Steel Drum Inc.
2000 S. Kilbourn Ave.
Chicago, Illinois

Citations issued: July 27, 2016

Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued eight serious safety violations to Meyer Steel Drum Inc. An April 2016 OSHA inspection found a worker had three fingers crushed when his right hand became caught in a pinch point as he operated a metal coiler at the Chicago facility in December 2015.

OSHA inspection found after the incident took place, the employer made an attempt to guard the machine; however, the company failed to adjust the guards properly to eliminate the hazard.

The agency cited Meyer Steel Drum for failing to:

  • Adequately guard machines' operating parts.
  • Use locking devices and other procedures to prevent unintentional equipment start-up or movement during service and maintenance, a process known as "lock-out/tag out."
  • Train forklift operators.
  • Remove damaged forklifts from service.
  • Train workers about hazardous energy.

Quote: "OSHA has specific guidelines to protect workers from dangerous machinery in the workplace," said Kathy Webb, OSHA's area director in Calumet City. "While machine guarding remains among the most frequently cited agency standards, Meyer Steel Drum failed to protect its workers properly. Yet another worker has joined the thousands injured each year in an incident that was preventable. Employers must protect workers from operating machinery at its facilities."

Proposed Penalties: $46,800.

View Citations here.

To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint, or report amputations, eye loss, workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA's toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency's Calumet City Area Office at 708-891-3800.

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Media Contacts:

Scott Allen, 312-353-6976,
Rhonda Burke, 312-353-6976,

Release Number: 16-1560-CHI

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