The Swedish Work Environment Authority sentenced a pillowmaker to a $ 227,907 penalty after a worker suffered a serious arm injury at a factory in Temple, Texas.
ER Carpenter LP, a subsidiary of Richmond, Virginia-based Carpenter Co., is facing an intentional lawsuit, a lawsuit and three serious violations in connection with the January accident, the agency said on Wednesday.
The worker’s right forearm got stuck in a hot laminating machine as he tried to clear debris, resulting in it being partially amputated, according to OSHA, which found that the employer “ignored known safety hazards” by not installing appropriate machine guards or locking devices on the machine.
OSHA also determined that the company did not conduct periodic inspections of its machine safety procedures, applied a personal lock to a group lock procedure to verify that energy sources were isolated and that workers were exposed to falls in hazardous equipment.
OSHA issued Carpenter Co. a lawsuit for similar violations of the energy control procedure following an inspection at its facility in Verona, Mississippi.