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OSHA Fines for Lockout Tagout Neglect at Ohio Plastics Plant

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Bellevue, OH – Wilbert Plastic Services has been cited for 10 safety and health violations, including lockout tagout and PPE failures. These failures resulted in one injured employee, and $48,900 in proposed penalties.

OSHA‘s Toledo office conducted an inspection in May after a 36-year-old worker suffered burns to his face, eyes, and hands as he was cleaning a mold in a press. The OSHA representative stated that the injuries occurred because preventive procedures were not taken to stop the machine from releasing hot plastic during maintenance. These procedures are known as Lockout/Tagout.lockout tagout injection mold plastic

The company was cited for serious violations including a lack of personal protective equipment to prevent burns and falls; failure to comply with machine safety procedures such as locking devices and neutralizing equipment; failure to train employees in machine safety; employee exposure to falling situations when accessing press parts; and failure to keep floors in dry and safe conditions.

Wilbert Plastic Services in Bellevue (OH) operates a plastic-injection molding plant and manufactures parts for Ford and Whirlpool. They employ 325 workers at the Bellevue (OH) plant.

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