Ada football factory faces safety fines

ADA — Wilson Sporting Goods football factory, in Ada, faces $65,187 in federal fines following a partial finger amputation of one of its employees last June.

The employee suffered the injury while performing troubleshooting activities on equipment when it was not locked out prior to cleaning, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported.

Maintenance employees also were exposed to potential amputation injuries when equipment was not locked out prior to a belt changing, the federal agency reported. The agency also cited the football factory for allegedly not ensuring workers were trained in an energy control program.

Those alleged violations resulted in $38,025 in fines. They occurred after similar alleged violations in February, according to the safety agency.

It cited Wilson for allegedly in February not:

• Certifying that inspections were being completed when employees did die changes on presses;

• Ensuring that workers who performed die changes on presses were trained to protect against amputation.

• Ensuring that presses were locked out before employees changed dies.

Federal safety officials are fining Wilson $27,162 for the three alleged infractions in February.



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