OSHA Cites Crothall in Fatal Incident

Posted February 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited a healthcare laundry in Oak Creek, WI, for safety violations in the death of an employee in August 2015.

OSHA is seeking $41,200 in fines from Crothall Laundry Services Inc. for what the agency called serious safety violations linked to the employee's death. The 34-year-old man was servicing equipment at Crothall on Aug. 13, 2015, when a conveyor system propelled him into a dryer and he became trapped, OSHA said. He died of his injuries on Aug. 27, 2015, the agency said.

OSHA said the conveyor should have been inoperable during the servicing. Inspectors found that Crothall was not using energy-isolating devices on dryers and conveyors, did not have specific procedures for controlling power on the machinery and had not trained workers on methods necessary for energy isolation, the agency said.

A Crothall spokesperson said, "At Crothall Healthcare, the safety of our people is our number one priority. Our on-site management and safety teams have taken a comprehensive look at our safety policies and procedures involving lockout/tagout and have been working very closely with OSHA during the past six months to ensure employee safety."

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