This from ABC News 13 in Toledo, Ohio

ARCHBOLD, Ohio (WTVG) – OSHA investigators found the Napoleon Spring Works failed to implement lockout/tag out procedures to prevent equipment from moving unintentionally during production, train employees on lockout/tagout practices, and install adequate machine guarding.

This failure resulted in a temporary employee having an arm amputated. The violations were deemed “willful and serious safety violations” according to a media release shared with 13abc. The company faces possible fines of $284,540.

“This employer failed to protect its employees from well-known and preventable hazards,” said OSHA Toledo Area Office Director Kimberly Nelson. “As a result, the company remains in OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.”

The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Contact Jim Mattes at to review your Lockout/Tagout program meets OSHA requirements.