Ohio bowling alley cited for violations after death of worker who got tangled up in machine

FAIRFIELD, Ohio – A federal workplace safety agency has cited an Ohio bowling alley with several violations after the death of an employee whose clothes got tangled in a pin-setting machine during repair work.

The Dayton Daily News reports ( ) that the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Northwest Lanes in Fairfield for eight violations. The agency investigated the bowling alley after 53-year-old employee David Geiger died there in November when his hooded sweatshirt got caught in the machine.

OSHA says the machinery’s parts were improperly exposed, and the bowling alley did not ensure workers were protected from dangerous parts of its 1970s-era equipment.

Northwest Lanes has requested a conference with the agency. It faces $45,500 in fines.

The bowling alley had no history of workplace violations before Geiger’s death.


Information from: Dayton Daily News,