OSHA News Release: [10/15/2012]
Contact Name: Ted Fitzgerald or Andre J. Bowser
Phone Number: (617)-565-2075 or x2074
Release Number: 12-1990-NEW/BOS 2012-181
Bloomfield, NY, firearms manufacturer cited by US Labor Department's OSHA after worker injury; inspection finds repeat, serious safety violations
Crosman Corp. faces $148,000 in proposed fines
WASHINGTON Crosman Corp., a firearms manufacturer in Bloomfield, has been cited by the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration for 23 alleged serious and repeat violations of workplace safety standards after a worker's finger was amputated by a machine in March. Crosman Corp. faces total proposed penalties of $148,000 following an inspection of the company's plant that was conducted by OSHA's Syracuse Area Office.
OSHA’s hazardous energy control, or lockout/tagout, standard requires that machines be shut down and their power sources be locked out to prevent unintended startup during maintenance and cleaning. OSHA inspectors found that procedures were not used to lock out the energy source of a mechanical power press while the worker was setting it up, which resulted in the amputation.
“This incident could and should have been prevented by simply locking out the machine’s power source,” said Chris Adams, OSHA’s area director in Syracuse.
OSHA cited 21 serious violations involving numerous machine guarding and electrical hazards as well as unguarded open-sided floors, damaged and unstable metal storage racks, failing to keep spraying areas free from deposits of combustible residue and provide eye flushing facilities for employees working with corrosives. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known. The citations carry $98,000 in penalties.
Citations carrying $50,000 in penalties have been issued for two repeat violations, including allowing lead to accumulate on surfaces at the plant and failing to develop written lockout/tagout procedures. A repeat violation exists when an employer previously has been cited for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar violations were cited in June 2010.
“An effective illness and injury prevention program in which workers and managers work together to identify and eliminate hazardous conditions can prevent injuries from occurring in the first place,” said Robert Kulick, OSHA’s regional administrator in New York.
The citations can be viewed at http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Crosman_Corporation_283828_9_27_2012.pdf and http://www.osha.gov/ooc/citations/Crosman_Corporation_332066_9_27_2012.pdf. Crosman Corp. has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA’s area director or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
To ask questions, obtain compliance assistance, file a complaint or report workplace hospitalizations, fatalities or situations posing imminent danger to workers, the public should call OSHA’s toll-free hotline at 800-321-OSHA (6742) or the agency’s Syracuse office at 315-451-0808.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA’s role is to ensure these conditions for America’s working men and women by setting and enforcing standards, and providing training, education and assistance. For more information, visit http://www.osha.gov.