Worker's Hand Contusion Leads to $46,200 Fine for Door Maker

OSHA cited Marshfield DoorSystems Inc. with one repeat and two alleged serious violations after a worker's hand became caught in an ingoing nip point on a conveyor belt line in March, resulting in contusions, abrasions, and friction burns.

OSHA has cited Marshfield DoorSystems Inc. with one repeat and two alleged serious violations after a worker's hand became caught in an ingoing nip point on a conveyor belt line in March, resulting in contusions, abrasions, and friction burns. Proposed penalties total $46,200.

"Installing proper machine guarding is a basic safety precaution that Marshfield DoorSystems should have taken for the protection of its workers," said Kim Stille, OSHA's area director in Madison, Wis. "We are committed to ensuring that employers adhere to OSHA's common-sense standards in order to prevent avoidable injuries, such as this one."

The repeat violation, with a proposed penalty of $33,000, was cited for failing to train workers in lockout/tagout procedures to control energy sources for equipment on conveyor belt line number one. Marshfield DoorSystems was cited for failing to provide training on lockout/tagout procedures in 2009.

The serious violations, with proposed penalties of $13,200, involve failing to inspect energy control procedures within the past year and to install guarding to protect workers from an exposed nip point on the conveyor.

Prior to OSHA's most recent inspection, which was opened in March following the injury, the Marshfield, Wis.-based company had been inspected 13 times since 2001. Those inspections resulted in 27 citations, including some for violations of lockout/tagout and machine guarding standards.

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