Machine Guarding Injuries

A Green Bay, Wisconsin manufacturer faces more than $219,000 in proposed penalties after two employees in just 10 days suffered severe injuries at the plant.  OSHA investigators say Bay Fabrication failed to provide effective safety guards before a piece of machinery was returned to service last July.

One worker’s hand was crushed and another suffered a partial amputation of a finger during that 10 day period.  The two men, who were employees at the muffler component manufacturer, suffered the severe injuries as they operated machinery without adequate safety guards in place.

Investigators determined a worker had his left hand crushed on July 21, 2016, by a molding machine, when the tamp head smashed his hand as he removed a mold from the machine. Investigators found the machine’s safety interlock on the door guarding the operating parts was damaged and not functional properly.  This, in turn, disabled the safety guard and led to the injury.

Then, on July 30, 2016, another worker suffered the partial amputation of his left middle finger. In this instance, investigators found the molding machine cycled and caught his finger in an unguarded pinch point. They determined the machine was not locked out as required.

On January 18th, OSHA issued one willful, one repeated, one other-than-serious violation and two serious violations to Bay Fabrication. The company, part of the Bay Family of Companies, with 75 locations in the U.S., faces $219,242 in proposed penalties.

OSHA also found the company:

  • Failed to guard operating parts on various machines in the facility.
  • Improperly installed safety guards on machines that created a hazard for employees.
  • Failed to record work related injury on the illness and injury logs.