OSHA targets Archbold companies

Staff report

Two Archbold companies were recently hit with U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations.

Napoleon Spring Works Inc., which manufactures garage door components, was leveled proposed penalties totaling $304,746 for multiple violations within three OSHA citations issued:

• Citation 1, designated “Serious” and dating to November 2016, includes, but is not limited, to: lack of protection by machine guarding; lack of de-energization to electrical parts before exposure; no use of insulated fuse pullers; lack of electrical protective equipment; and exposure to possible amputation and electrical hazards; lack of appropriate eye or face protection; no enclosure of sprocket wheels and chains seven feet or less above floors or platforms.

• Citation 2, designated “Willful” and dating to October 2016, includes, but is not limited, to: lack of point of operation guards; exposure to possible amputation injuries.

• Citation 3, designated “Repeat” and dating to October 2016, includes, but is not limited to: lockout devices not marked to identify employee use; no periodic inspection of energy control procedure; no adequate employee training in energy control devices; improper application of lockout/tagout procedures; no program of periodic and regular inspections of mechanical power press; lack of training to inspect and maintain mechanical power presses; inadequate supervision ensuring correct operation of mechanical power presses.

Napoleon Spring will contest all of the citations. The formal objections will be forwarded to the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission for independent review.

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Following an April inspection, Sauder Woodworking Company in Archbold was leveled a proposed $9,959 penalty last month for two safety violations.

The OSHA report cited the company for two serious infractions April 6 involving a Black Brothers roller press used to coat lightweight wooden panels with glue. OSHA contends a Sauder employee failed to ensure safeguards preventing employees from “caught-in” injuries between the machine’s rollers, and that the press was not locked out prior to cleaning the rollers.

Citations for the violations were issued May 4. The actual penalty is due by June 30.

The company attended an informal conference with OSHA on May 30 and reported all cited safety issues were corrected.

Staff report