Jimmie Crowder Excavating and Land Clearing Inc. is facing $81,833 in fines for exposing employees to amputation and other safety hazards at the company’s facility in Tallahassee, Florida, said officials at the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
An employee suffered an amputation after the worker’s arm was caught in a conveyor belt that started unexpectedly as an employee removed material.
Inspectors determined the demolition and excavating company failed to establish a lockout/tagout process, provide machine guarding, train employees on procedures to control the release of hazardous energy, and exposed employees to slip, trip, fall, and electrical hazards.
OSHA conducted the inspection as part of its National Emphasis Program on Amputations.
“Proper safety procedures, including the effective lockout of all sources of energy, could have prevented this injury,” said OSHA Area Director Michelle Gonzalez, in Jacksonville, Florida. “Employers are required to train workers and ensure that they understand how to disable machinery before performing service or maintenance.”
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