Indiana Auto Glass Plant Accumulates More IOSHA
January 30, 2013
by Casey Neeley, email@example.com
and Kaitlan Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
An Indiana auto glass plant continues to undergo scrutiny from
the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration (IOSHA).
Following an inspection taking place October 23 through November
30, 2012, IOSHA issued two safety orders about Pilkington North
America's Shelbyville plant.
According to the citation issued, Safety Order 1, Item 1 reads,
"The employer did not establish and maintain condition of work
which were reasonably safe and healthful for employees, and free
from recognized hazards that were causing or likely to cause death
or serious physical harm to employees in that employees were exposed
to potentially/broken bones and/or death due to employees not being
protected from inadvertent start/restart of the robot or robot system
when they are inside the safeguard space."
The charge, labeled serious, must be abated by January 31, 2013,
and carries a $7,000 penalty.
Safety Order 1, Item 2 and Safety Order 1, Item 3 read similarly,
carrying the same abatement date and proposed penalties. Item 2
specifically states that on the Toyota Camry line, the "employer
did not protect employees from crushing hazards" by following
machinery instructions. Item 3 notes that "Authorized employees
who are required to perform set-up and/maintenance operations use
safety interlocks to lock-out the equipment they are working on."
Safety Order 2, Item 1 states that maintenance technicians were
not properly evaluated on procedures pertaining to job tasks. Additionally,
Safety Order 2, Item 2a notes that authorized maintenance technicians
and operators on the Camry line did not receive adequate training
to "ensure employees understood the purpose and function of
the lock-out/tag-out program." Safety Order 2, Item 2b continues,
reading, "Maintenance techs and operators who are required
to lock-out equipment when performing maintenance or set up of equipment
did not receive training in recognizing hazardous energy sources
that require lock-out, the types of and the magnitudes of energy
sources available in the workplace and the methods and means for
the isolation and control of the equipment."
Safety Order 2, Item 3 also notes that "Maintenance techs and
operators had not been trained in the purpose and the use of all
energy control procedures involved for locking out industrial robot
Each of the Safety Order 2 citations has an abatement date of January
31, 2013, as well as a proposed penalty of $70,000.
was spurred following an employee injury at the plant in October
after a young man was trapped in a press.
Pilkington issued a statement following that incident saying, "Although
the plant is equipped with proper safety equipment and warning safeguards
including in this instance a properly functioning safety laser scanner,
this is an unfortunate reminder that all of us need to continually
focus on safety and the safety programs the NSG Group stresses in
The Shelbyville plant also was recently charged with multiple IOSHA
and fines as a result of investigations stemming from an October
2010 accident in which employee Kelly
Caudill died from injuries received while working at the plant.
Similar to this most recent injury, the deceased employee was injured
IOSHA spokesperson Robert Dittmer says Pilkington has appealed the
latest safety order to the Indiana Board of Safety Review.
"The previous two Safety Orders have also been appealed. Those
two have been consolidated into one hearing now scheduled for June
10-14, 2013," adds Dittmer.
Pilkington officials had not yet responded to requests for comment
at press time.
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