A machine that sizes and cuts rubber hose severed a 52-year-old woman’s right arm just nine days after she starting a new job in Kennett, MO, as a machine operator at Parker Hannifin Corporation, a global manufacturer in the mobile, industrial and aerospace markets.
After an investigation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) determined the machine lacked adequate safety guards to prevent the injury and issued fines of $44,000.
On March 24, the agency issued one repeated, and one serious safety violation to Parker Hannifin Corporation after the Dec. 23. incident. In 2013, OSHA cited the company for similar machine hazards at its Kennett facility.
“Imagine the terror this worker felt as her arm was pulled into the operating parts of this powerful machine and cut severely,” said Bill McDonald, OSHA’s area director in St. Louis. “Exposing workers to such hazards is inexcusable. In 2013, OSHA provided safety intervention at Parker Hannifin after a machine lacking guards caused another employee to suffer an amputation. The company needs to take immediate action to protect workers from machine hazards at its facility.”
In addition to inadequate safety guards on numerous machines, investigators found Parker Hannifin workers exposed to trips and falls because floor openings were unguarded.
Parker Hannifin is a manufacturer of motion and control technologies and systems, providing precision-engineered solutions for a wide variety of mobile, industrial and aerospace markets. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, the global company boosted annual sales of approximately $13 billion in fiscal year 2015. The company employs 55,000 people in 50 countries.