OSHA Cites Colorado Mattress Spring Manufacturer Following Worker Injury
Colorado Springs, CO (WorkersCompensation.com) - Employer name: L&P Springs Manufacturing LLC, Colorado Springs, Colorado
Citations issued: Jan. 27, 2016
Investigation findings: The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration initiated an inspection on Oct.15, 2015 after an employee was hospitalized for serious injuries that occurred after being pulled into a machine that compresses, rolls, and wraps finished innerspring pads. Following the inspection, OSHA issued citations for one willful and one serious violation. The willful violation was cited for exposing workers to crushing hazards while working with manufacturing equipment that was not properly guarded. The serious citation was issued for failing to train workers effectively on the use and limitations of work gloves when working with manufacturing equipment and moving material.
Proposed Penalties: $77,000
Quote: "Injuries from improperly guarded machines are preventable and yet L&P failed to provide these guards to protect its workers," said David Nelson, OSHA's Area Director in Englewood, Colorado. "The best way to stop these injuries is to equip machinery with the proper guards according to OSHA standards."
Background: Since Jan. 1, 2015, OSHA record-keeping requirements obligate employers to report within 24 hours to OSHA the hospitalization of one or more employees, an amputation or an eye loss.
Information: L&P manufactures components and products for the bedding industry. The company has 15 business days from receipt of their citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA's area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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