Agri-Fab Inc. is facing $93,500 in fines for three repeat safety violations after receiving a complaint that a worker suffered an amputation injury at the Sullivan, IL, manufacturing facility in September, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
“Agri-Fab has a responsibility to recognize the hazards that exist in its workplace and ensure employees are properly trained in the safe operation and maintenance of equipment they are required to use,” said Tom Bielema, OSHA’s area director in Peoria. “Employers who are cited for repeat violations demonstrate a lack of commitment to employee safety and health.”
The repeat violations cited include failing to develop, document and utilize energy control procedures for a press and provide employee training on energy controls and require that lockout/tagout devices be attached to energy isolating devices during maintenance operations to prevent equipment from unexpectedly becoming energized.
A repeat violation exists when an employer previously faced citations for the same or a similar violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. Similar citations occurred in January 2012 at the Sullivan facility.
The company develops and manufactures attachments, such as lawn sweepers, spreaders, mowers and snow throwers for the lawn and garden industry.