The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined a Connecticut plumbing parts maker $67,500 for violations discovered after a worker's death in April.
Connecticut Stamping and Bending Inc., based in New Britain, Conn., was fined for 28 violations classified as serious, following the death of a male employee who got his head caught in an injection molding machine.
Company officials are disputing the citations, which include unguarded machinery, electrical safety hazards, fall hazards and an uneven stairway. Additionally, the company was cited for failure to provide adequate protective equipment for workers cleaning up after the accident.
The citations also included seven ``other-than-serious'' violations, including failure to contact OSHA within eight hours of a worker's death.
``We did report the worker's death within 45 minutes,'' said President Jeff Barlow, who would not disclose the male worker's age or name, but attributed the incident to employee error.
``It's very unfortunate,'' Barlow said by telephone July 3. ``We take safety very seriously. All the guards that come with the machine were working. The employee crawled under the machine to reach something that was on the floor on the other side of the machine. He should have just walked around the machine.''
Additionally, he said that his firm provides all protective equipment, and that clean-up employees had been trained for exposure to the hazards of blood-borne pathogens. The company, which employs 175 at its 140,000-square-foot site, has until July 15 to respond.
Ted Fitzgerald, an OSHA spokesman, said the machines were not adequately guarded because employees could come in contact with moving parts.
Fitzgerald said OSHA fined the firm in March for three serious violations at the same facility, which included inadequacies in guarding of metal saws, first aid, and hazardous energy control. OSHA handed down $3,850 in fines at that time, which the firm paid.