Plastics Manufacturer Fined $50,000 for Coil Incident

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A worker for a plastics manufacturer was adjusting a machine that held large coils of plastic tubing from underneath the tubing when one of the coils fell off and struck him. He was injured. A second worker was also injured trying to assist the first. An MOL investigation found that the coils hadn’t been secured against tipping or falling. The company was found guilty of failing to ensure that the coils were secured against tipping or falling; to take the reasonable precaution of securing or blocking the motion of the coils while a worker was underneath; and to take the reasonable precaution of conducting a hazard analysis on the machine in question. The court fined it $50,000 [Oxford Plastics Inc., Govt. News Release, Nov. 30, 2011].