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Region 1 BOS 2003-071
April 21, 2003
Contact: Ted Fitzgerald
Phone: (617) 565-2074
following Death of Worker Crushed by Falling Mold
CONCORD, N.H. -- The death of a worker at a Seabrook, N.H., automobile bumper manufacturer could have been prevented if the employer had developed and implemented required safeguards, reports the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
Venture Holdings Corp. d/b/a Venture Seabrook has been cited for 20 alleged serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act following an Oct. 14 accident in which an employee was crushed by a large mold that slipped from a horizontal mold injection machine used to make automobile bumpers. A total of $55,050 in fines is proposed.
OSHA's inspection found that molding machine operators were exposed to crushing hazards due to the company's failure to develop, implement and train workers in effective procedures to prevent the large bumper molds from slipping or falling and also failed to conduct periodic and regular inspections to ensure that molds were properly attached and proper procedures followed.
"Knowledge and training are invaluable tools for protecting workers against hazards and are designed to prevent tragedies such as this," said David May, OSHA's New Hampshire area director. "Had proper and adequate safeguards been in place and in use, this accident would not have happened."
Numerous other safety hazards at the 700 Lafayette Road plant were also identified and cited. These include instances of unguarded machinery, electrical hazards, defects in powered industrial trucks and operator training, blocked access to fire extinguishers and circuit breakers, uninspected cranes and slings, swinging of crane loads over a worker, improper storage and dispensing of flammable liquids, failure to promptly clean up spills of flammable liquids, lack of required eyewashes where employees worked with corrosive chemicals, improper storage of oxygen and acetylene cylinders and failure to conduct inspections of energy control programs to prevent the accidental startup of molding presses, conveyor lines and other machinery.
OSHA defines a serious violation as one in which there us a substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazardous condition about which the employer knew or should have known.
The inspection was conducted by OSHA's Concord, N.H., area office. The telephone number is (603) 225-1629. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is dedicated to saving lives, preventing injuries and illnesses, and protecting America's workers. Safety and health add value to business, the workplace and life. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
The information in this release will be made available to sensory impaired individuals upon request. Voice phone: (617) 565-2072. TDD (Telecommunications Device for the Deaf) Message Referral Phone: 800-347-8029.
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