A 50-year-old temp worker was permanently disabled after a machine used to package cases of bottled water onto a pallet for shipment started up while he cleared a jam in the machine. The worker had been on the job for 12 days at the Ice River Springs plant in High Springs, Florida. OSHA stated that a July 2014 investigation revealed that the employer allowed workers to enter the palletizer’s safety cage area and bypass two photo-eye safety sensors that served as machine safeguards. When the employee freed the pallet from its jammed position, he unknowingly activated the palletizer elevator’s photo-eye sensor and became entrapped between the elevator and the palletizer conveyor. OSHA cited the water-bottle manufacturer for three safety violations. Proposed penalties total $84,000.
Read the full release from OSHA here.