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EL PASO, Texas – A horrific incident sparked an OSHA investigation and 17 citations for safety breaches that contributed to a metal stamping plant accident in El Paso, resulting in the loss of two fingers of a worker.
The federal agency on Monday fined D&D Manufacturing Inc. totaling more than $ 412,000 for two willful, 12 serious and three other safety violations, saying the company “willfully exposed workers to safety hazards. ‘amputation”.
According to inspection documents, OSHA’s investigation found the company …
- Did not use the machine guards required to prevent workers from coming into contact with the working parts of the machines
- Failed to perform regular inspections, resulting in machine malfunctions
- Failed to ensure employees used appropriate protective equipment
- Was a repeat offender, having been cited for a total of 47 similar safety offenses in 2014 and 2015
“The deliberate and serious violations identified in this inspection show that D&D Manufacturing Inc. continues to ignore required safety protections for workers. Moving machine parts can cause serious injury when not properly protected and safety procedures are absent, ”said Diego Alvarado, Jr., OSHA regional manager in El Paso.
The Illinois-based company, which also operates factories in Illinois and Mexico, employs about 60 of its 400 total employees at the El Paso site.
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