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40th Injury in 15 Years Nets $800k Fine

Thursday, May 14, 2015

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MONTGOMERYVILLE, PA—A "gruesome" accident that cost a worker three fingers follows a 15-year "pattern of defiance" and injuries that will now cost a Pennsylvania HVAC maker $822,000 in fines, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration has announced.

Unaddressed serious hazards at Lloyd Industries Inc., which manufactures ventilation, duct and fire-safety products for stadiums, airports and other major architectural projects, have led to "approximately 40 serious injuries" since 2000, according to OSHA.

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Lloyd Industries, based in Montgomeryville, PA, has been fined more than $1 million since 2000. OSHA says Lloyd has shown "a pattern of defiance" to safety standards.

The latest citations, detailed here and here, involve 13 willful, four serious and seven other-than-serious violations. In all, OSHA has levied more than $1 million in fines against Lloyd Industries since 2000 and has placed the company in its Severe Violator Enforcement Program.

Company owner William Lloyd declined to comment Wednesday (May 13).

Slowing Production

Ten of the willful violations and all of the serious violations allege repeated failure to guard power saws, press brakes, rivet machines and other equipment. OSHA said Lloyd had complained to inspectors on one inspection that the guards slowed production.

In the most recent accident, in July 2014, the die on a press brake machine dropped on a worker’s right hand, resulting in the amputation of three fingers, OSHA said.

"The machine lacked required safety guards and had not worked properly before the incident—a fact of which the owner was aware," OSHA said.

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Lloyd is a supplier of HVAC and fire-damping products for major projects nationwide, including New York City's Chrysler Building and Philadelphia International Airport.

The agency said Lloyd has "shown a pattern of defiance toward OSHA safety standards" since 2000. At each inspection, the company accepts the penalties and agrees to correct the hazards, but the violations remain at the next inspection, OSHA said.

At one point, OSHA said, officials obtained a warrant for an inspection, but Lloyd still refused to admit them to the plant, prompting the inspectors to summon U.S. marshals to gain entrance.

Noise, Paint Hazards

OSHA said Lloyd also decided in 2013 to stop an audiometric testing program required to prevent employee hearing loss. The company resumed the testing in December 2014, after an OSHA investigation.

The testing and noise violations accounted for several of the current willful citations.

A willful violation was also assessed for lack of training on the use of spray paints and other hazardous chemicals.


According to OSHA, machine guarding and other hazards at Lloyd Industries have caused about 40 serious injuries to workers since 2000. Last July, a worker lost three fingers.

Other-than-serious violations allege lack of injury and illness recordkeeping and lapses in the hearing conservation program.

Incorporated in 1981, Lloyd Industries employs about 70 workers at its Montgomeryville site and 25 employees at a second location in Orange Park, FL. The company has 15 business days to contest the citations.

Guarding Dangers

Each year, machine guarding accidents cause cuts, lacerations and amputations to more than 200,000 American workers. Machine hazards are among the most frequently cited by OSHA.

“William Lloyd and Lloyd Industries are serial violators of OSHA safety standards, and their workers have paid the price,” said Dr. David Michaels, the OSHA administrator.

“No employer is above the law. For 15 years, they have repeatedly put their employees at risk of serious injuries. This must stop now.”


Tagged categories: Accidents; Good Technical Practice; North America; OSHA; Spray Paint; Ventilation

Comment from M. Halliwell, (5/15/2015, 11:04 AM)

With this sort of record, it seems that Lloyd Industries accepts OSHA fines, unsafe conditions and injuries to its employees as "part of doing business." Maybe OSHA needs to levy a stop work order and close a plant (or both) until the safety issues are ALL dealt with...maybe that'll hurt the productivity enough for Lloyd to take them seriously. Or better yet....maybe charges. Perhaps if the owner is aware of the issues and chooses not to act, then something like a "negligence causing bodily harm" charge for each incident may be more of a wake up?

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