OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH
Summary of Wallace Computer Services - Decision After Reconsideration
An employee moving from one part of a rotary press to another on a catwalk to visually inspect "the ink train", slipped, reached for a safety bar but missed and his hand went into the press. The press had to be running to check the ink train. Pursuant to section 3314(e), repetitive process machines may be set-up while running if specified precautions are followed. Employer did not prove that the precautions (e.g., the operator must remain at the controls) were being followed. Thus, it was proper to cite Employer under the section 3314(b) lock-out requirements normally applicable to machine set-up operations. "Inking" is a set-up operation, defined by the Board as, "...the preparation of a facility or a machine for a specific work method, activity, or process." A general violation of section 3314(b) was upheld.
July 9, 2001