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HBD/Thermoid Inc. cited for 11 OSHA safety violations

Ensure your workers are protected from preventable accidents and other issues in your manufacturing company.

Ensure your workers are protected from preventable accidents and other issues in your manufacturing company.

According to the Norwalk Reflector, HBD/Thermoid Inc., an Ohio rubber-hose manufacturer has been fined $134,000 for OSHA violations at its Bellefontaine plant.

After an inspection was conducted under OSHA's Severe Violator Enforcement Program in October 2014, 11 citations were gathered and issued against the manufacturer. These include one willful and 10 serious safety violations. 

The willful violation was given for failing to protect workers against operating parts of hose balers and feed equipment during the manufacturing process. 

The serious violations included citations for:

  • Amputation risk due to improper machine shutdown before repairs were made
  • Failure to provide personal worker safety equipment 
  • Lack of safety devices during machine operation
  • Lack of proper safety guard rails to protect against worker falls.

In May 2014 a HBD/Thermoid Inc. worker was killed after being caught in an industrial machine at its North Carolina location.

"HBD/Thermoid must act now and put required safety guards on large industrial machines. These machines are used by workers who cut and manufacturer rubber hoses at the company's six facilities across the country," said area director of OSHA's Toledo office Kim Nelson. 

OSHA statistics indicate that more than 200,000 workers are injured by machines every year. About 12 workers die per day during work in the U.S. 

Fatal falls, lack of hazard communication standards and improper scaffolding are the top three risks workers face every day.

How can you protect your workers in a manufacturing environment?

  • Ensure machines are turned off when workers are performing maintenance and repairs. 
  • Follow set OSHA guidelines for your specific industry.
  • Provide access to and enforcement of wearing proper safety protection. 
  • Report unsafe work conditions or accidents to OSHA right away.
  • Train workers adequately for their respected job roles.

To learn more about SyberWorks services and how a small investment in our LMS and proper safety training can help prevent workplace injuries and avoid potential OSHA fines, please call us at 888-642-7078, email us at info@syberworks.com or register on our site.

SyberWorks, Inc.
411 Waverley Oaks Road
Building 3, Suite 319
Waltham, MA 02452

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