Vorteq Coil Finishers LLC in Jackson, TN, is facing $57,750 in fines for 12 violations after an unguarded pinch point resulted in the amputation of a worker’s fingers, said officials at the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration (TOSHA).

Inspectors found the employer failed to provide machine guarding, train workers on the control of hazardous energy and confined space hazards, and inspect cranes.

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Vorteq is facing four serious, two repeat serious, one repeat other, and five other than serious citations.

Vorteq Coil is a provider of coil coating services for metal products.

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In one repeat serious violation, the employer shall provide training so all employees whose work is regulated by this section acquire the understanding, knowledge, and skills necessary for the safe performance of the duties assigned under this section. The maintenance supervisor had not been trained by the employer on the skills necessary for safe performance of duties while working inside the permit required confined space (i.e oven), TOSHA officials said.

In the other repeat serious violation, each authorized employee had not received training in the recognition of applicable hazardous energy sources, the type and magnitude of the energy available in the workplace, and the methods and means necessary for energy isolation and control. In that two maintenance employees conducting servicing and maintenance on the equipment at the facility had not received any lockout/tagout training as an authorized employee, TOSHA officials said.

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