Stanley Black + Decker fined $222K after worker is injured in electrical arc blast

Stanley Black + Decker fined $222K after worker is injured in electrical arc blast

May 28, 2024
The worker suffered severe burns during an electrical arc blast while trying to replace fuses to repair an industrial oven.

An OSHA investigation has discovered that MTD Products Inc. — operating as Stanley Black + Decker — could have prevented the injury of a 29-year-old maintenance electrician. The worker suffered severe burns during an electrical arc blast while trying to replace fuses to repair an industrial oven. The investigation, which began on Dec. 20, 2023, determined that the tool and equipment manufacturer failed to provide personal protective equipment to employees who were working around energized electrical equipment. In addition, the company exposed employees to fall hazards, failed to develop safe work practices, and did not properly train employees. In total, Stanley Black + Decker was cited for one willful violation and four serious violations. The company faces $222,392 in proposed penalties. 

What people are saying

In a recent quote, OSHA Area Director Todd Jensen said, “Stanley Black + Decker must reevaluate its safety procedures immediately to protect maintenance workers from electrical and machine hazards before another employee suffers needlessly. Each year, hundreds of workers are hurt or worse by electrical-related injuries when employers fail to provide required personal protective equipment and follow safety procedures. Employee safety and health should be every employer’s most important bottom line.”

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About the Author

Alexis Gajewski | Senior Content Strategist

Alexis Gajewski has over 15 years of experience in the maintenance, reliability, operations, and manufacturing space. She joined Plant Services in 2008 and works to bring readers the news, insight, and information they need to make the right decisions for their plants. Alexis also authors “The Lighter Side of Manufacturing,” a blog that highlights the fun and innovative advances in the industrial sector. 

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