Wilson factory fined by OSHA

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

The employee suffered the injury while performing troubleshooting activities on equipment when it was not locked out, 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 that 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.

In February, the agency said, Wilson allegedly did not:

  • Certify that inspections were being completed when employees did die changes on presses;
  • Ensure that workers who performed die changes on presses were trained to protect against amputation.
  • Ensure 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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