OSHA Sanctions for Pinsetter Accident; Center Will Appeal

by Bob Johnson 0

The United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration has issued a ruling that could have widespread implications for the bowling industry.

Last November, David Geiger was killed in an accident involving a pinsetting machine at Northwest Lanes in Fairfield, Ohio. Now, OSHA has ruled that the pinsetter mechanisms at the center lacked adequate guards to prevent employees from hazardous exposure to moving parts.

According to the OSHA report, Northwest Lanes lacked a program for preventing unintentional operation of machinery during service and maintenance including jams, a process known as lockout/tagout. The agency also noted that equipment — including pulleys, belts and shafts — lacked guards to prevent workers from coming near operating parts. Employees were also exposed to energized electrical components, OSHA said.

The federal agency is suggesting fines totaling $45,500. Northwest Lanes, which has extensive league, tournament and youth programs, is contesting the findings. Pinsetting machines, regardless of the manufacturer, have a long track record of safe use, and there were no witnesses to the accident at Northwest Lanes.

Read more here: http://www.fox19.com/story/28532450/osha-proposes-fines-for-fairfield-bowling-alley-where-worker-died

Bob Johnson

Bob Johnson has received more national writing awards than any other bowling writer — close to 70 over the course of his 40-year career. He began at age 16 as a staff writer and then assistant editor for the weekly Pacific Bowler newspaper in his native California, and within three years was writing feature stories for Bowlers Journal. He has written for the magazine ever since, except for a five-year span when he was hired as the founding editor of another magazine. He moved to Chicago in 2000 and spent 13 years in the Windy City, including five as Bowlers Journal’s Editor. In 1975, Johnson received the Robert E. Kennedy Award as California’s top undergraduate high school journalist. Five years earlier, on the lanes, he had shared the Bantam Division Doubles championship in the Orange County Junior Bowling Association Championships. Today, he continues to work full-time for Bowlers Journal as its Senior Editor, to write his popular “Strikes Me” column, and to edit Luby Publishing Inc.’s weekly business-to-business Cyber Report.

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