500-ton Press Incident Leads to 412k in Citations

OSHA cited a Texas manufacturer after a worker’s fingers were severed inside a 500-ton hydraulic press. The company has a history of violations, with a citation in 2014 for 34 serious and other-than-serious violations and two citations in 2015 for a total of four willful, six serious, and three other-than-serious violations. Total fines topped $412,750

Three willful violations for failure to:

  • Provide employment free from recognized caught-between hazards
  • Guard points of operation of machinery
  • Ensure devices adequately protected machine operators

13 serious violations, including failure to:

  • Train employees on noise hazards
  • Ensure employees wore eye, foot, and hearing protection
  • Take unsafe powered industrial trucks out of service
  • Ensure containers of hazardous chemicals were properly labeled

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