by , on August 4, 2016

A welder was electrocuted this past May while disassembling a live, 480-volt flexible cord.

He worked at Homeyer Precision Manufacturing in Marthasville, Missouri.

The company was cited for 11 serious and one other-than-serious safety violations. The proposed fines come to $59,000.

OSHA’s investigation found Homeyer failed to do the following:

  • Train employees on electrical safe work practices.
  • Isolate energy to machines and equipment.
  • Provide personal protective equipment, including hand protection.
  • Train and certify employees on procedures to prevent sudden machine start-up or unintentional operation, a process known as lockout/tagout.
  • Install adequate machine guarding to avoid contact with moving parts.
  • Provide insulated tools.
  • Anchor machinery.
  • Mark dies for mechanical presses.

You can view OSHA’s citations here.

Hugh Hoagland
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Hugh Hoagland is the foremost tester of clothing and PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Read more about Hugh.

2 Comments on "Welder Electrocuted in MO"

everlastgenerators - 26 January 2017 Reply

The proposed fines come to $59,000. Huge fines

    Ken Sellars
    Ken Sellars - 10 April 2017 Reply

    I have seen them higher, but you are right. This level of fine would shut down a small company. This does not even touch the litigation that will most likely follow from the family.

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