Arcola, Illinois-based Monahan Filaments LLC is facing $258, 271 in fines for violations of machine safety standards after an employee suffered severe injuries, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The manufacturer of synthetic filaments for brushes and brooms ended up placed in the agency’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
OSHA received an employer-reported referral from Monahan Filaments after moving machine parts caused fractures and third degree burns to an employee’s hand on Sept. 20 last year during production line set-up.
Following the inspection, OSHA cited the company for two willful violations for failure to control hazardous energy sources, and inadequate machine guarding on rotating parts and ingoing nip points.
OSHA also cited the company for a repeat violation for not training employees to perform energy control procedures during set-up operations.
“Injuries from machine hazards are preventable when machine guarding and lockout/tagout standards are followed,” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Loren Sweatt. “OSHA has resources available to help employers and workers understand requirements for properly safeguarding equipment.”
OSHA’s machine guarding and control of hazardous energy webpages provide information on what employers must do to limit worker exposures to machine hazards.