State Fines Plant After Man Loses Both Arms

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. (AP) - A Jefferson County company is being fined 88-thousand, 500 dollars after an employee lost both his arms in a drywall shredder in January.

Machine manufacturer Six Sigma Incorporated of Jeffersontown has 15 days to appeal findings of the Kentucky Labor Department.

State law says employees can successfully sue employers for a workplace injury only if they can prove the company deliberately intended for them to be harmed. Welding supervisor Billy Parker lost his arms while he was cleaning the shredder. The state found that Six Sigma committed a willful, serious violation by failing to have procedures for locking out electricity to the shredder and other equipment while they were under repair. A citation says that
put 30 employees at risk, including Parker, who was critically
injured.

Parker has said he was handed a screwdriver and told to clean the machine while it was running, in direct violation of OSHA rules that require that power to machines be locked out when they're under repair. An attorney for the company says Parker was never told to clean the machine with the screwdriver and did it strictly on his own.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by Troy Location: Frankfort on Jun 14, 2007 at 08:42 AM
    If you think this company is going to be 100% honest about this accident you're crazy. The only thing a company wants is money and they can't make money if the machine is off. This has nothing to do with the coal mining industry. Every factory I have ever worked in is the same. Keep the machine running or else. You are just an expendable number.
  • by jason Location: blackey on Jun 13, 2007 at 09:07 AM
    Stuff like this happens in the coal mines everyday, i have been told to get in between cages on a headdrive while it where running places which noone should be period unless it is shut and locked out. I didnt do and is why i lost my job in the mines, however i know people go through this ever day and get hurt then the bosses say they did not tell them too in order to cover their own #$#@@ i know a few people this has happened too and tried to get them together for a court attempt at the company! Get Well Soon
  • by concerned Location: red river gorge on Jun 13, 2007 at 06:56 AM
    My heart goes out to this injured man. As for the attorney for the company I find it really hard to believe that this man would have tried to clean a running machine on his own knowing what could potentially happen!

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