Wilson Sporting Goods, official manufacturer of the National Football League’s (NFL) footballs, is being fined by the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for violations of workplace safety rules at its Ada, Ohio factory — in six different instances.
According to SGB Media, the factory violated power equipment rules involving failures to properly cut off the power on equipment before workers replaced parts or performed maintenance. The fines come after one of Wilson’s employees required a partial finger amputation in June.
OSHA reported that the factory failed to lock out equipment prior to a belt change, exposing employees to more potential amputation injuries. The federal agency also cited the Ada factory for allegedly not ensuring maintenance employees were trained in an energy control program.