GE Lamp Plant Cited for Serious Violations

OSHA has cited GE's Circleville, Ohio, plant for two repeated and three serious safety violations.

OSHA announced it has cited General Electric for two repeated and three serious safety violations after an investigation determined a lamp manufacturing plant exposed workers to amputation and other serious injuries.

The investigation found the Circleville, Ohio-based plant failed to ensure adequate machine safety guards existed on conveyor belts and other machinery and failed to use lockout/tag out procedures. Proposed penalties total $88,000.

"GE must implement proper machine safety procedures to avoid a tragic and preventable incident. Failure to implement these procedures is among the most frequently cited OSHA violations," said Linda Harrington, OSHA's acting area director in Columbus. "In 2015, Ohio employers reported 266 amputation injuries to OSHA. These injuries are preventable by installing machine safeguards and training worker in safety procedures."

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