OSHA: Elyria, OH man lost 4 fingers on first day in work mishap

ELYRIA, Ohio (WKBN) – The first day on the job for a new employee ended tragically when a 21-year-old man suffered severe burns and the loss of four fingers at a manufacturing plant in Elyria, Ohio, in March, according to a press release from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The accident happened when the man, who had been working for a few hours when the incident occurred, was trying to clear a jam in a plastic molding machine.

On Aug. 12, OSHA cited his employer, Quality Blow Molding Inc., for two willful, two repeated and one other-than-serious violation. OSHA inspectors found the company failed to train the employee about safety requirements that protect workers from machine hazards. Quality Blow Molding also failed to report the injury to OSHA, as required.

The company, which manufactures bottles, golf tees and other plastic items, faces proposed penalties of $171,270 and was placed in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program following the investigation of the March 2 injury. The agency cited Quality Blow Molding for similar hazards in 2010 and 2014 at the same facility.

OSHA inspectors found the company also failed to protect workers from operating machine parts because it had not implemented procedures to prevent machines from starting up during service and maintenance. In addition, the company did not train workers on safety procedures or install machine guards on horizontal lathes. These violations are among OSHA’s most frequently cited, and can result in death or permanent disability.

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