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Uponor Fined $80,000

Posted: 2018-10-17 08:14:52 By: hbr

Uponor in Huntsville has been fined $80,000 after a worker suffered critical injuries after being pulled into a machine while it was operating.

Yesterday the fine was levied in a Bracebridge court, after it heard that on March 25,  in 2017, a worker was assigned to operate one of the extruders.  While working on the extruder, the worker told a supervisor that the pipes inside the machine were slipping off their tracks. The supervisor instructed the worker to get under the machine while it was still in operation and clean the tracks in order to stop the pipes from slipping so the production line could continue working.

The worker complied and climbed under the machine. While cleaning one of the tracks, a sleeve got caught by a rotating drive shaft and the worker was pulled into the extruder.  A nearby worker pushed an emergency stop button and called for help.

The court heard that the worker was extricated by emergency responders and remained hospitalized for several months.