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A Mineral Wells, Texas, Manufacturer Faces $224,477 in OSHA PenaltiesWednesday, November 2nd, 2016
On May 3, 2016, an investigation was opened on PECOFacet in Mineral Wells, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The inspection began because of an April 26, 2016, amputation work injury, in which a worker in training lost a finger after part of a metal plate being fabricated fell on it. Then on May 6, an employee suffered serious injuries when a 1,300-pound metal product fell on his feet. OSHA investigators allege that workers have been operating machinery without emergency stop switches or point of operation and safety guards. The total in proposed penalties is $224,477 for 21 alleged serious OSHA safety violations.
Jack Rector, Fort Worth Area OSHA Director, said that the facility had an astounding number of alleged safety violations and is responsible to protect workers from life-altering injuries such as those that occurred in May. He further said that at a large manufacturing facility such as the one at PECOFacet no worker should suffer an amputation injury or be struck by a product.
The many alleged safety violations the Mineral Wells TX manufacturing company has been cited for include allowing the use of non-compliant crane equipment and failure to:
- Develop or implement lockout/tagout procedures.
- Install guards on horizontal belts and shafts.
- Properly address electrical hazards.
- Mark emergency exits.
- Ensure that safety latches are on equipment during operation.
- Ensure that guard rails are on elevated surfaces.
- Maintain ladders and ensure they meet specification requirements.
As a further example, specifically, on or about May 11, 2016, OSHA alleges that the employer failed to ensure hooks were equipped with safety latches, which exposed workers to struck-by hazards or dropping loads. The proposed penalty for this alleged serious violation alone is: $12,471.
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