OSHA Cites New Bedford Company After Fatal Machinery Accident

Earlier this year, a worker died after he became caught in the moving parts of an industrial ice-making machine. The machine activated as the worker performed maintenance work inside it. When officials from Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigated the New Bedford company, a seafood processor, they discovered 23 alleged safety violations.

Following the fatal machinery accident, the company received 19 serious citations and four other-than-serious hazards. OSHA found that the company’s seafood processing plant did not have specific steps and procedures to power down and lock out the ice machine’s power source before workers entered it.

Investigators also found that employees were not trained to deal with the hazard of the machine’s operating without warning. The plant was also missing a program to train employees to work in confined spaces such as the ice machine. OSHA regulations aimed at preventing serious injuries require that machinery be powered down and power sources locked out before employees enter the machine to perform maintenance.

The combined proposed penalties total $66,800.

Source: Seafood Processor Cited for Worker’s Death in Ice Machine, OHSonline.com, November 9, 2009
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