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Region 5 News Release: 14-888-CHI
June 10, 2014
Contact: Scott Allen      Rhonda Burke
Phone:       312-353-6976
Email: allen.scott@dol.gov      burke.rhonda@dol.gov

Ohio worker's hand crushed while operating mechanical power press;
US Department of Labor's OSHA proposes $89,500 in penalties

VALLEY CITY, Ohio – Following the crushing of a worker's hand in a 150-ton mechanical power press on Nov. 14, 2013, Superior Roll Forming Co. has been cited for four serious safety violations by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration. OSHA's complaint investigation at the company's Valley City facility found two repeat violations of machine guarding and lockout/tagout procedures, two of the most frequently cited OSHA standards. OSHA proposes $89,500 in penalties for failing to protect workers from lacerations, caught-in and amputation hazards.

"Superior Roll Forming continuously fails to protect workers operating power presses. This is completely inexcusable," said Howard Eberts, OSHA's area director in Cleveland. "Safety precautions are vital when operating power presses because injuries involving this machinery and equipment often result in death or permanent disability, as it tragically did in this incident."