EICA Industries Inc. of Fort Worth, TX, is facing $46,000 in fines for 17 serious violations for exposing workers to preventable struck-by and amputation hazards, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
EICA Industries employs 14 workers and manufactures heads or ends for pressurized tanks.
OSHA’s Fort Worth Area Office began an inspection in December under the agency’s Regional Emphasis Program on Fabricated Metal Products, which focuses on machinery and other serious hazards in the metal fabrication industry that can cause serious harm or death.
The inspection found workers suffered exposure to struck-by hazards associated with rigging and moving heavy metal with overhead cranes. Workers also faced exposure to amputation hazards from a failure to provide machine guarding and for failing to develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures.
“This employer exposed its workers to avoidable workplace hazards that can cause serious injuries and possibly death,” said Jack Rector, OSHA’s area director in Fort Worth. “Employers must recognize the hazards that exist in their workplaces and develop safety and health policies and procedures to protect workers on the job.”
The 17 serious safety violations include failing to provide required machine guarding; regularly inspect overhead cranes, hoists, hooks and slings; develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures; provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords; provide forklift training and certification; and ensure all lifting devices underwent inspections and rated sufficient to carry heavy materials, such as spreader bars. 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.
EICA Industries also faces citations for three other-than-serious violations for failing to maintain the OSHA 300 log of injuries and illnesses, develop a list of chemicals in the workplace and have material safety data sheets readily available. An other-than-serious violation is one that has a direct relationship to job safety and health, but probably would not cause death or serious physical harm.