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Dimensional Machine Works LLC is facing $57,750 in fines for 13 safety violations, including seven repeat, for continuing to expose workers to possible amputation hazards by failing to guard rotating machinery parts and implement lockout/tagout procedures to protect workers who service or maintain machines at its Houston, TX, facility, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Dimensional Machine Works employs 37 workers. The inspection began in July under OSHA’s National Emphasis Program on Amputations.

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“By failing to guard machinery properly, Dimensional Machine Works continues to put workers in harm’s way. Unguarded machinery has the potential to amputate body parts and, even more devastating, end a worker’s life. This continued lack of adherence to OSHA standards will not be tolerated,” said David Doucet, OSHA’s area director in Houston North.

The seven repeat violations, with a penalty of $46,200, were for failing to provide the following:
• Procedures to protect workers who service and maintain dangerous machines
• Guards for rotating machine parts
• A written hazard communication program
• Complete safety data sheets

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A repeat violation occurs when an employer previously faced similar or the same violation of a standard, regulation, rule or order at any other facility in federal enforcement states within the last five years. The company faced similar violations in a 2009 inspection at the same facility.

The remaining six violations, including three serious with a penalty of $11,550, were for failing to guard conveyors, chains and sprockets on bench grinders. The employer failed to provide forklift training, chemical labeling and hazard communication training. A serious violation occurs when there is substantial probability that death or serious physical harm could result from a hazard about which the employer knew or should have known.

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