MANUFACTURERS’ ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA
160 Roosevelt Avenue, Suite 400, York, PA 17401
Phone (717) 843-3891 Fax (717) 854-9445 www.mascpa.org
MASCPA Member Alert…
Timely reminder to conduct annual audit /inspections of lock-out /tag-out procedures to ensure
the procedure and requirements of your standards are being followed; and, machine guards are in
Lock-out Tag-out violations may cause injuries; and, fines can be expensive.
1. A willful violation may carry an OSHA assessed penalty of $70,000. A willful violation is one
committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law's requirements, or plain
indifference to employee safety and health.
2. A serious safety violation penalty of $7,000; however, OSHA may find several violations within
the same piece of equipment that causes fines to escalate.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. – The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Curt
Manufacturing LLC with eight safety violations, including one willful violation for allowing workers to continue
operating an unguarded hydraulic power press brake after a worker was injured. On July 25, the employee's thumb
was crushed while he was bending a metal part between the unguarded dies of the brake. The thumb had to be
medically amputated. The Eau Claire-based company was still operating the unguarded press brake when OSHA
initiated an inspection on Aug. 16 based on a referral from the state of Wisconsin. Proposed fines total $105,000.
Mark Hysell, OSHA's area director in Eau Claire said, "Failing to have proper machine guarding in the first place, and
to cease operating the power press brake in order to correct safety discrepancies following the injury of a worker,
demonstrate a complete lack of regard for employees' safety and health. OSHA is committed to protecting workers on
the job, especially when employers fail to do so."
Five serious safety violations totaled $35,000 with proposed penalties of $7,000 each:
1. Failing to develop, to document and utilize procedures for use of potentially hazardous energy and, control
procedures did not clearly and specifically outline procedural steps for shutting down, isolating, blocking and
securing machines or equipment to control hazardous energy
2. Failing to conduct annual inspections of those procedures to ensure the procedure and requirements of this
standards were followed.
3. Lock-out tag-out devises
a. were not affixed to each energy isolating devise by the authorized employee
b. Prior to starting work on machine that had been locked out the authorized employee did not verify
that isolation and de-energization of stored energy had been accomplished
4. Failing to provide point-of-operation guarding on a band saw and tube bender; and
5. Failing to provide hand tools that permit easy material handling and prevent workers from placing their
hands in machine danger zones.
A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a
hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.
Two other-than-serious violations involve failing to provide information to workers voluntarily using respirators and
failing to evaluate a potential permit-required confined space. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct
relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical injury. The $70,000
willful violation fine was for points of operation of machinery not guarded to prevent employees from having any part
of their body in danger zones during operating cycles
Curt Manufacturing specializes in the manufacture of towing components and employs approximately 430 people.
The OSHA citation can be viewed by clicking here
Jim Baker, SPHR
Sr. Consultant, Human Resource Services
Manufacturers' Association of South Central Pa
Serving South Central PA Manufacturers Since 1906