Federal safety officials have cited Bekaert Corp. in Van Buren, Arkansas, after an employee suffered an amputation while trying to untangle moving wire at an Arkansas facility that manipulates and coats steel products.
An inspection by Occupational Safety and Health Administration investigators revealed machines that carry steel wire and pulleys with unguarded pinch points, a violation for which OSHA cited the company at the same location in April 2015. The agency identified the most recent violation in an inspection that began July 7, 2016, resulting in penalties for repeat violation.
OSHA has proposed penalties of $124,710.
Bekaert is a global company specializing in steel wire transformation and coating. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citation 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.
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