A metal stamping plant in Texas is facing $321,000 in fines. The company has a 15 year history of safety violations according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
This most recent fine comes from an inspection that resulted in OSHA issuing 13 health and safety violations. The inspection was performed due to a formal complaint. During the inspection 13 violations were found that exposed workers to potentially serious injuries including amputation risks.
These risks were primarily from unsafe machinery. One of them was for “ignoring the danger of allowing employees to work with a defective 500-pound metal press that the company knew had dropped without warning” according to an OSHA press release.
Some of the other violations included not requiring workers to wear eye protection when there was a danger due to metal particles in the air and not ensuring proper hearing protection in areas with high noise levels.
In a statement regarding the violations, Diego Alvarado Jr., OSHA’s area director in El Paso, Texas said, “D&D is aware of the dangers at its production facility, but has done nothing to correct them. An employee could have been seriously injured. There is no reason, or excuse for a company to ignore basic safety requirements.”
Businesses can learn a lot from this company’s mistakes. OSHA takes worker safety seriously and so should employers.
For more information you can read the full OSHA press release.