OSHA: Safety Guards Might Have Prevented Accident

OSHA newKENNETT, Mo. ‒ A machine that sizes and cuts rubber hose severed a 52-year-old woman’s right arm just nine days after she starting a new job in Kennett as a machine operator at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global manufacturer in the mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.

After an investigation, OSHA determined the machine lacked adequate safety guards to prevent the horrific injury.

On March 24, the agency issued one repeated, and one serious safety violation to Parker Hannifin Corporation after the Dec. 23, 2015, incident. In 2013, OSHA cited the company for similar machine hazards at its Kennett facility.

In addition to inadequate safety guards on numerous machines, investigators found Parker Hannifin workers exposed to trips and falls because floor openings were unguarded.

The agency has proposed penalties of $44,000.

Since Jan. 1, 2015, OSHA requires employers to report any severe work-related injury – defined as a hospitalization, amputation or loss of an eye – within 24 hours. The requirement that an employer report a workplace fatality within eight hours remains in force. In the first full year of the program, employers reported 10,388 severe injuries, including 7,636 hospitalizations and 2,644 amputations. In Missouri, 88 workers suffered amputation injuries in 2015.

OSHA has released a useful guide on Safeguarding Equipment and Protecting Employees from Amputations.

Parker Hannifin is a leading manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the global company boosted annual sales of approximately $13 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company employs approximately 55,000 people in 50 countries.