Company Cited after Worker Crushed in Molding Machine

OSHA has cited Buckhorn Inc. in Springfield, Mo., for alleged violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act following the investigation of an incident in which an employee was crushed inside a plastic injection molding machine. Proposed penalties total $116,000.

The agency's investigation of the company, which manufactures reusable plastic packaging containers found one willful and 15 serious violations of the OSH Act. The willful violation stems from the company's failure to ensure the plastic injection molding machine was isolated from energy sources and/or turned off and locked out when employees were performing maintenance activities inside the machine danger zone. OSHA issues a willful violation when an employer exhibits plain indifference to or intentional disregard for employee safety and health.

"There is no excuse for this accident. This worker should not have been allowed to work in the machine without energy sources being locked out," said Charles Adkins, OSHA's regional administrator in Kansas City, Mo. "It is imperative that employers take the necessary steps to eliminate hazards and provide a safe working environment for all of their employees to prevent accidents like this from occurring."

The serious violations stem from a lack of open-sided floor guarding; obstructed emergency exits; permit required confined space deficiencies; a lack of lockout/tagout training and periodic inspection; a lack of eyewash facilities; improperly stored materials; powered industrial trucks in need of repair not taken from service; welding cylinders not secured in storage; electrical wiring installation deficiencies; lack of strain relief on flexible cords in use; and unmarked containers of hazardous materials. OSHA issues a serious citation when death or serious physical harm is likely to result from a hazard about which an employer knew or should have known.

Buckhorn Inc. has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director in Kansas City, Mo., or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Safety Management Software - Free Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Software’s comprehensive suite of modules help organizations to record and manage incidents, inspections, hazards, behavior based safety observations, and much more. Improve safety with an easy to use tool for tracking, notifying and reporting on key safety data.

  • The Top 5 Safety and Technology Trends to Watch in 2020

    Get the latest on trends you can expect to hear more about in 2020, including continued growth of mobile safety applications, wearable technology, and smart PPE; autonomous vehicles; and increased adoption of international safety standard, ISO 45001.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    OSHA’s Form 300A posting deadline is February 1! Are you prepared? To help answer your key recordkeeping questions, IndustrySafe put together this guide with critical compliance information.

  • The 4 Stages of an Incident Investigation

    So, your workplace has just experienced an incident resulting in the injury or illness of a worker. Now what? OSHA recommends that you conduct investigations of workplace incidents using a four-step system.

  • Why Is Near Miss Reporting Important?

    A near miss is an accident that's waiting to happen. Learn how to investigate these close calls and prevent more serious incidents from occurring in the future.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2019

    November / December 2019

    Featuring:

    • GAS DETECTION
      Redefining Compliance for the Gas Detection Buyer
    • FALL PROTECTION
      Don't Trip Over the Basics
    • VISION PROTECTION
      What to Look for in Head-to-Toe PPE Solutions
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      Effective PPE for Flammable Dust
    View This Issue