OREGON, Ohio – An auto insulation manufacturer in suburban Toledo faces $569,463 in proposed penalties after a U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigation following a report that a machine amputated a 46-year-old worker’s right hand, wrist and part of his forearm.
Investigators found the injury occurred while the worker at Autoneum North America was guiding waste materials into a shredding machine. His arm was caught in the machine’s point of operation– a circular drum that shreds the fabric fibers for reuse. OSHA found the company failed to equip the machine with adequate safety guards when the injury occurred on Dec. 23, 2016 . The agency issued three willful and two repeat violations of machine safety procedures.
OSHA cited the company for:
- Inadequate machine and point of operation guarding.
- Failing to properly train workers on machine-specific procedures for isolating energy sources.
- Lack of proper “locking out” equipment to prevent unintentional energization.
- Exposing workers to struck-by hazards from machine components.
In February 2016, OSHA cited the company for similar machine hazards at its Wynn Road facility in Oregon.
Autoneum North America is based in Farmington Hills, Michigan, and is a parts supplier for the automotive industry. The company is a subsidiary of Swiss-based Autoneum, a global market and technology leader in acoustic and thermal management solutions for vehicles.