Fort Worth Manufacturer Cited for Serious Safety Violations; Fined $88K

October 2, 2013

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cited Fort Worth F&D Head Co. for 18 serious safety violations, carrying $88,200 in proposed penalties, for exposing workers to struck-by and amputation hazards.

OSHA’s Fort Worth Area Office began an inspection on April 17 under the agency’s Site-Specific Targeting Program, which focuses on workplaces with the highest rates of injuries and illnesses. The inspection found that workers were exposed to struck-by hazards associated with rigging and moving of heavy metal with overhead cranes, and to amputation hazards from a lack of guarding and lockout/tagout procedures.

The serious safety violations include failing to provide required machine guarding; regularly inspect overhead cranes, hooks and slings; develop and implement lockout/tagout procedures; provide strain relief for flexible electrical cords; and ensure all lifting devices were inspected and rated sufficient to carry heavy materials, such as spreader bars and hydraulic lifts.

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.

Fort Worth F&D Head Co., which employs approximately 168 workers and operates two manufacturing plants in Texas, has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the citations and penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.

Source: OSHA

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