A federal inspection prompted by employee complaints found workers exposed to amputations and other hazards at D&D Manufacturing Inc., in El Paso, TX, which led to a fine of $181,800, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
The El Paso company received 41 safety and health violations, including 36 serious violations, OSHA said. Headquartered in Bolingbrook, IL, D&D Manufacturing fabricates stamped metal components for equipment manufacturers and employs 37 workers in El Paso.
“Workers were at risk of serious injuries because D&D Manufacturing failed to guard mechanical and hydraulic presses and to ensure machines were de-energized during maintenance,” said Joann Figueroa, OSHA’s area director in El Paso. “Federal standards addressing these hazards have existed for decades. D&D’s failure to follow these safety and health requirements is unacceptable.”
With a penalty of $177,300, the 36 serious violations were for failure to provide adequate machine guarding; properly inspect power presses; and utilize proper procedures to de-energize equipment during maintenance, including punch presses. The employer also failed to implement an effective hearing conservation program for noise levels in excess of 85 decibels; did not provide proper maintenance on conductors with damaged insulation; and exposed workers to live electrical parts. 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.
The remaining five violations, with a $4,500 penalty, included citations for failure to assess the need for personal protective equipment; educate workers on the voluntary use of respiratory protection; implement a written hazard communication program; and certify training of forklift operators. Additionally, the employer received a hazard letter addressing slip hazards and obstructions in aisles and walkways.