A local manufacturer of garage door hardware, Napoleon Spring Works, Inc., has been hit with $147,600 in proposed penalties by OSHA for 16 safety violations, including exposing workers to amputation hazards at its Archbold plant.
One violation was for failing to guard two of the company’s mechanical power presses. It was termed a “willful violation”.
A willful violation according to OSHA regulations, is one committed with intentional, knowing or voluntary disregard for the law’s requirements, or with plain indifference to employee safety and health.
Fifteen serious violations include failing to…
periodically inspect energy control procedures; provide sufficient energy control procedures; train workers in lockout/tagout procedures to control unexpected equipment energization; guard mechanical power presses and riveters; conduct periodic inspections of presses; and train workers on the safe operation of presses, along with a long list of additional violations.
The citations can be viewed at
Napoleon Spring Works Inc. employs 105 workers at its headquarters in Archbold.