Federal officials have cited Norwalk, Ohio-based American Excelsior Company for workplace safety hazards and proposed $213,411 in penalties against the company after an employee required hospitalization when he suffered a crushed arm.
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) said its investigators determined that the employee sustained injuries when the machine began operating while he removed product build-up. OSHA cited the company, which manufactures biodegradable erosion control blankets, for failing to develop or implement energy control procedures to prevent unintentional machine start-up during maintenance, and train employees in energy control procedures.
American Excelsior Company received citations for similar violations at its Rice Lake, Wisconsin, plant in 2017. OSHA has also placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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