Earlier this month, a casting company in Shippenburg, PA was cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for 4 alleged repeat and 19 serious safety and health violations.
The Domestic Casting Co. was cited for repeat violations, which included the company’s failure to properly guard live electrical parts, chains, pulleys and other machinery. The company was cited for similar violations in 2011.
The company was also cited for serious violations, which included multiple electrical and machine guarding hazards. For other serious violations, see www.OSHA.gov.
Guards are physical barriers that enclose dangerous machine parts and prevent the machine operators and employees from coming into contact with these parts.
When machines are not properly guarded, machine operators can sustain injuries such as amputations or serious lacerations to body parts.
Pursuant to OSHA standards, there is more than one method of machine guarding. Section 1910.212(a)(1) provides:
Types of guarding. One or more methods of machine guarding shall be provided to protect the operator and other employees in the machine area from hazards such as those created by point of operation, ingoing nip points, rotating parts, flying chips and sparks. Examples of guarding methods are-barrier guards, two-hand tripping devices, electronic safety devices, etc.
OSHA also provides the general requirement of machine guards outlined in Section 1910.212(a)(2), which provides:
General requirements for machine guards. Guards shall be affixed to the machine where possible and secured elsewhere if for any reason attachment to the machine is not possible. The guard shall be such that it does not offer an accident hazard in itself.
Lack of guarding on machines jeopardizes the safety of machine operators and other workers.
If you were injured by a machine due to improper guarding, contact the industrial machinery accident lawyers at White and Williams LLP. Daniel O’Brien and his team have helped numerous workers who were injured by industrial machines. Call today for a free consultation. 877.944.8396.
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