In less than two years, three workers at a leading tool maker in Barberton, Ohio, suffered injuries from unattended machinery, prompting an Occupational Safety and Health Administration inspection that led to $164,742 in proposed fines.
The most recent injury at Wright Tool Company occurred on October 26, 2022, when a worker suffered an amputation of his left thumb while hand-feeding parts into a drill press using air-activated clamps. In December 2020 and June 2022, two other workers performing similar duties suffered cuts, according to OSHA’s announcement Thursday.
Investigators cited Wright Tool with one count of willful violation of machine safety standards, as well as two serious and one non-serious violation. OSHA found that the company also did not conduct risk assessments to identify the need for personal protective equipment and other requirements, did not test energy control procedures at least annually or train each employee to ensure they understood hazardous energy control procedures and failed to attach shafting.