OSHA: Lack of lockout/tagout Led to Worker’s Death


OSHA has cited ATW Automation in connection with a worker’s fatal blunt force trauma injuries at the company’s facility in Dayton, Ohio.
The worker was caught and pinned by a conveyor that had lowered during a power-down process. He died from his injuries about a week later.

ATW faces $63,000 in OSHA fines for nine violations for failure to:

  • conduct and document periodic inspections of specific energy control procedures in the fabrication and tool room departments (repeat)
  • guard the area around the roller lift conveyor to prevent workers from being exposed to moving parts (serious)
  • train employees on personal protective measures when working around electrical equipment (serious)
  • ensure workers wear proper safety glasses (serious)
  • provide appropriate personal protective equipment for workers using a metal grinding wheel (serious)
  • implement an effective lockout/tagout program for machines’ energy sources and to notify affected workers about power-down conditions (serious)
  • develop specific energy control procedures for equipment (serious)
  • train workers on the proper procedures to isolate and lock out all energy sources for machines in the fabrication and tool room departments (serious), and
  • conduct semiannual testing of insulated rubber gloves that are used for work with energized electrical equipment (less-than-serious).

The company has 15 business days to decide whether to contest the fines.

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