An El Paso, Texas, metal stamping manufacturing facility with a history of workplace safety violations failed again to protect its workers from the dangers of moving machine parts, federal officials said.
As a result, a worker at D&D Manufacturing Inc. suffered the amputation of two fingers inside a 500-ton hydraulic press, OSHA reported.
In January 2021, OSHA inspected and cited the facility for two willful, 12 serious and three other than serious violations. OSHA proposed penalties totaling $412,750.
OSHA found the company failed to use required machine guards to prevent employees from coming into contact with machines’ operating parts; did not conduct periodic and regular inspections, resulting in machine malfunctions; and failed to ensure that each affected employee used appropriate protective eye or face equipment and hearing protection.
Previous OSHA inspections at D&D have identified significant safety and health concerns. In 2014, OSHA cited the plant for 34 serious and other-than-serious violations. The company was cited twice in 2015 for a total of four willful, six serious and three other-than-serious violations.
Headquartered in Bolingbrook, Illinois, D&D Manufacturing has more than 400 employees in Bolingbrook, El Paso and in Mexico. The El Paso plant has approximately 60 employees.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of citations and penalties to comply, request an informal conference with OSHA’s area director, or contest the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.
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