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For the second time in two years, federal safety inspectors found workers risking amputations and other serious injuries as they fed parts by hand into an unguarded mechanical press brake at an Illinois trailer manufacturing plant.

They also found the company failed to protect welders and other employees from harmful ray emissions during welding operations.

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As a result, on Aug. 5, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued one willful, one repeated and five serious violations to the Newark, IL-based Dierzen Sales LTD.

Inspectors found the violations in a follow-up inspection in March. The company faces $153,791 in fines.

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“Dierzen Sales continues to maintain an environment where employees are exposed routinely to machinery hazards likely to cause amputation,” said Jake Scott, area director of OSHA’s North Aurora office. “The company needs to re-evaluate its safety and health programs to ensure workers are provided with the equipment and the training they need to prevent injury on the job.”

OSHA’s inspection found the employer failed to:
• Evaluate powered industrial vehicle operators every three years as required. The company also altered powered industrial vehicles.
• Promptly remove scrap metal from floors, causing trip and fall hazards.
• Cover electrical boxes and openings.

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