Training Thursday:

U.S. Department of Labor Cites Kraft Heinz Food After Employee Injured by Machine, Proposes Penalties

https://www.osha.gov/news/newsreleases/region5/03162018-0

“As we continually display the importance of safety, Three Sixty Safety wants to remind those how important training and continual training are for workplace safety.”

What was the cause of these fines?

-A partial finger amputation, while an employing was clearing a machine jam, was the cause of the initial inspection.  Upon completion of the inspection, OSHA determined the organization “failed to: implement energy control procedures to prevent equipment from unintentionally starting; install adequate machine guards and energy isolation devices; and train employees on the use of energy control procedures.”

How could we have avoided a fine like this?

-In this instance, the employee likely didn’t lockout the machine before putting their hand in it to clear the jam.  The employee may have been initially trained for Lockout/Tagout, but a continual training course could have reminded him the importance of locking out a live machine before putting your hand into it.

How large of a fine is this organization facing.

-In this scenario, the organization is facing a potential penalty of $109,939.  This doesn’t include the additional costs to add machine guards and train their employees after the fine was cited.

How can Three Sixty Safety help?

-Three Sixty Safety offers OSHA certified Lockout/Tagout training.  If you do not have any policies or procedures in place for your Lockout/Tagout program, we can help with that as well.  Every organization should take a look at all their policies and procedure annually to confirm they are up to date with current compliance standards.

If you want more details around Three Sixty Safety’s Lockout/Tagout Training or Policy and Procedures Development, please contact 586-778-9900 or jdmattes@threesixtysafety.com