An OSHA investigation has concluded that Dixon Ticonderoga Co. failed to implement adequate machine safety procedures. The investigation began after an employee suffered an amputation earlier this year. The incident occurred when a worker attempted to clean a press that lacked required safety guards. During the investigation, OSHA learned that the company had failed to create procedures for controlling hazardous energy. OSHA cited Dixon Ticonderoga for two repeat and four serious violations, and the company faces $203,806 in penalties. The art supply manufacturer has been cited three additional times over the past three years for similar safety violations.
In a recent quote, OSHA Area Director Robert Bonack said, “For the fourth time in three years, our inspectors found Dixon Ticonderoga exposing workers to severe injuries by failing to make sure dangerous machines are guarded or de-energized as required.”