Puzzle press accident results in $97,400 fine

A manufacturer of paper puzzles and games in Massachusetts has been fined $97,400 following an accident in which a worker caught both hands in a puzzle press.

Edaron of Holyoke, MA, was cited by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for alleged willful and serious violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Act. Ronald Morin, OSHA area director in Springfield, reports that the alleged violations were uncovered during inspections of the company’s two facilities in Holyoke.

Morin notes that the inspection at the company’s main plant began on Dec. 16, 1998, as the result of an accident in which an employee had the fingers of her left hand amputated and received serious injuries to all the fingers of her right hand after catching both hands in a puzzle press. The inspection of the warehouse facility began on Jan. 12, 1999, and resulted from a fatal accident in which a worker standing on an unsecured work platform being raised by a forklift truck fell with the platform and was killed. Both inspections were concluded April 20, 1999.