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Region 5 News Release: 12-1163-CHI
June 20, 2012
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:            312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

US Department of Labor's OSHA cites Stahl after 2 workers suffer
finger amputations by unguarded machines at Wooster plant

WOOSTER, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited truck manufacturer Stahl/Scott Fetzer Co. for six safety violations – including one willful – after a worker had several fingers amputated while operating an unguarded press break March 19 at the Wooster plant. After OSHA had initiated an inspection, a second amputation injury occurred April 19 at the plant.

"Manufacturing companies are responsible for knowing and following recognized standards regarding the use of potentially dangerous machinery in their factories and ensuring that all proper precautions are taken to prevent workers from being injured," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "OSHA is committed to protecting workers on the job."

One willful violation involves failing to ensure that the points of operation are guarded on the two press brakes, which are used to bend sheet metal. Both workers were injured while using the unguarded press brakes. A willful violation is one committed with intentional knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or with plain indifference to worker safety and health.

Five serious safety violations include failing to develop machine-specific "lockout/tagout" procedures as well as provide training for employees in the use of a portable fire extinguisher, the operation of powered industrial trucks and first aid. Additionally, the company failed to develop a bloodborne path